Antique Vintage China Collectible Japanese Figurines - Pair of Male & Female 14" Statues with Unknown "M" stamp

by Beth Lackey
(Grand Blanc, MI, USA)

Antique Vintage China Collectible Japanese Figurines - Pair of Male & Female 14

Antique Vintage China Collectible Japanese Figurines - Pair of Male & Female 14

Antique Vintage China Collectible Japanese Figurines - Pair of Male & Female 14
Antique Vintage China Collectible Japanese Figurines - Pair of Male & Female 14

Antique Vintage China Collectible Japanese Figurines - Pair of Male & Female 14" Statues with Unknown "M" stamp:- We were told that these statues were obtained during WWII in Japan from our grandfather. We cannot find anything on the "M" stamp, which is only found on the male statue. The story was that they were Ming statues, but we have been unable to authenticate.


Beth

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Antique Vintage China Collectible Japanese Figurines - Pair of Male & Female 14" Statues with Unknown "M" stamp

Hi Beth

What nice account of your grandfather - a war hero - returning with gifts for the family. Fabulous.

However, tall figurines tall story! I think Gramps was pulling your legs as kids.

Ming? No.

I am not an expert - particularly in Oriental wares - I am merely a gatherer of information.

Second, I do have a little knowledge, but I always tell myself "a little knowledge is a dangerous thing".

So here's my two pennies worth on your figures.

An 'M' mark from Japan often indicates Noritake. Normally they are ornate and western looking (for export).

No, definitely not Ming.

Ming figurines do exist, but I have seen two distinct types. One is very naive in style and kind of "distressed" or faded looking - very unlike the ornate and sophisticated porcelain tableware and vases of the period.

I have seen beautiful Ming figures more ornate, but they have a distinct look to them with movement in the fabric and details on the faces - not straight up and down like yours (easy and cheap for mass production).

Your figures look nothing like either type of Ming figure I have seen - although they are naive in style, the Ming naive is a different sort of style.

I have also seen Kutani figurines from the 1930's which are normally quite exquisite in some way or other (movement, color, design, cuteness etc).

Your figures look as if they walked straight off the 1930's Hollywood set of 'The Return of Fu Manchu', but were made in a hurry. In fact they look more western than Japanese.

Just take a look a the carved ivory Japanese figures to get an idea of what 'Japanese' looks like. Although we don't so much like the idea if ivory work nowadays, these carvings will take your breath away. True detailed mind boggling craftsmanship.

Your figurines are a curiosity, but I suspect they were made as souvenir items in the 30's or 40's when the Hollywood Fu Manchu thing was all the rage.

Having said that, these are unusual in that I have never seen their like before, and I have a sneaking liking of them - they are quite cute.

Best regards

Peter (admin)

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Very Worthy Figurines
by: Harlan Urwiler

I like these figurines. They appear to be in good condition and reflect a definite period of history. I admire the detail work that has been done in crafting them. Very beautiful!

I Love Lucy
by: Anonymous

Look at some old reruns of I Love Lucy. They had similar statues on their fireplace mantle in the New York City apartment. They were stunning as are your figurines.

I LOVE I LOVE LUCY
by: Luke

I want to buy a set of these stautes How much? Where can I get? Please help...
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i would be interested in buying them
by: chuck

tell me how much you want
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Selling?
by: Gloria

Are these figurines for sale? Contact me, if so. cache0213@yahoo.com

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