Figurine Pottery Mark
by Malcolm oakley
(Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, England)
Figurine Pottery Mark - 4 Cursive 'W's in a Circle
Figurine Pottery Mark - 4 Cursive 'W's in a Circle - Could you please give me any information on this figurine and the mark?
Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, England
Thanks to a post by a helpful visitor (see below...), we have now had a positive identification of this 4 W's in a circle pottery mark. It is that of Worcester Porcelains from the Kerr & Binns (W. H. Kerr & Co.) period 1852 - 1862. It was the origin of today's standard Royal Worcester mark, being the 'standard mark' at that time and is recognisable by the fact that it has a plain 'crescent' in the centre around the number 51, rather than the later 'C' with serifs (together with the addition of a crown above the circle mark).
This statue figurine looks like it could be in the highly fashionable medium of the era - that of Parian. Parian sought to emulate the classical look of white marble. Worcester did use their own version of Parian ware and also had their original white body designed by the founder of the company Dr Wall, 100 years before this piece was made, which is called 'Wall Body'.
I don't know whether this would be Parian or Wall Body, you would have to run this past an expert.
What I do know is that Worcester is highly prized, high quality, high value, especially pieces of that age, so get it valued. I appreciate that this type of mid-Victorian ceramic item is out of fashion and out of favour at the moment, but should still fetch a couple of hundred pounds (GBP UK) at auction. However, I don't normally mention value in this section as it is best left to the experts, as I could easily give you a bum steer, as I am not an appraiser, just an enthusiast.
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