"Pottery Mark Query- 'S' Below Crown" OR Crown above S
"Pottery Mark Query - 'S' Below Crown" OR Crown above S:- I found a porcelain figurine years ago...a farmer pulling a cow..the bottom only had a Crown with a S under and a "Foreign" mark...it was with some B & G figurines...and I cannot find it anywhere
==================================Reply from Peter (admin) below - just scroll down
Reply by Peter (admin)
Thanks for your interesting query about 'S' Below Crown OR Crown above S.
The answer is Porzellanfabrik Carl Scheidig - founded 1906 in Gräfenthal, East Germany
This is the maker of this piece, but first a caveat for other visitors looking for information on the 'S' with crown pottery mark.
This particular type of 'S' with crown mark was used by several different makers in the same region of Germany - Companies such as Voigt Brothers (Sitzendorfer)and P Donath used that type of mark.
You can find all the site information on crown with 'S' marks by using one of the search boxes
at the top of any main page.
But getting back to your piece, Suzzy, from a professional point of view the sculpting of this boy & cow figurine is of the very highest class. I say that as a fellow professional.
The subtlety and fineness are really a different standard to what we can achieve today. As a whole it is beautiful and the details are really nice (the folds on the man's shirt for example).
The reason for that is we don't train artists like that any more as companies can't afford to pay the time and money it takes to achieve such skill and finesse in production.
As I say, the company which made this figurine is Porzellanfabrik Carl Scheidig - founded 1906 in Gräfenthal, East Germany by Carl Scheidig. After 1917 it fell under USSR state control but was not fully nationalized until 1972.
After the fall fall of the Berlin wall, the instability nearly saw the close of the factory. As German re-union took control in the 1990's, production stabilized and much of the original moulds and equipment were put back to use. The name was changes to Porzellanfiguren Gräfenthal and the company now has product range of over 10,000 items.
I hope this information is useful.
p.s. The following page is a 'must see' if you are researching fine china - for value and identification:-Researching the identity and value of antique and vintage fine china
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