Don Quixote figurine marked with a pair of pitch forks formed into a V with a comb on top and a Hermes figure with S mark above star

by Nic

Don Quixote figurine

Don Quixote figurine

Thanks for any help with these pieces which were given to me by a collector who, like me, is more in to English porcelain...I believe that these are European.

The first is a set of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza figures which have a mark which I have tried to search for but find it impossible to describe - blue amphora with bristles on top?? are these spanish? how old? would love to know any information that readers may have ...

The second piece is a figure which I believe is Hermes. The problem is that I find it impossible to decipher all of the crossed sword marks - handles, no handles,small date marks above the swords?? would this be nineteenth century? is it dresden? I would love any advice..

I attach below an article on german porcelain which forum fans may find interesting essay by Letitia Roberts

A first time complete catalog of a recently donated private collection - one of the most important in the world - of 18th-Century German porcelain

Accompanies an exhibition at the Dixon Gallery & Gardens in Memphis, TN, USA

A History of Eighteenth-Century German Porcelain is a descriptive catalog of the Dixon Gallery in Memphis' remarkable holdings - donated by Warda
Stevens Stout and considered to be among the most important in the world.

But the book is also one of the first in English to describe in captivating detail the artisans, aesthetics, social and political intrigue, financial arrangements, and courtly ambitions that resided in porcelain factories at Ansbach, Frankenthal, Fürstenberg, Höchst, Ludwigs-burg, Meissen, Nymphenburg, and Thüringen.

Contents: Foreword - Kevin Sharp; Acknowledgments - Christina Nelson; The Collector Warda Stevens Stout - Letitia Roberts; A History of Eighteenth-Century German Porcelain - Christina Nelson; Introduction; Meissen; Ansbach; Berlin; Frankenthal; Fürstenberg; Fulda; Höchst; Ludwigsburg; Nymphenburg; Thuringia; Overview - Closter Veilsdorf; Gotha; Limbach; Volkstedt; Vienna; Selected List of German Porcelain from The Warda Stevens Stout Collection; Bibliography.

Christina H. Nelson is an independent scholar based in Champaign, Illinois. She has been a curator at Greenfield Village and the Henry Ford Museum in Deerfield, Michigan, the Saint Louis Art Museum, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. She is the author of numerous catalogues, articles, and reviews.

Letitia Roberts is an independent scholar and consultant based in New York City. She was a department head at Sotheby's for many years and has been a member, director and former president of the American Ceramics Circle. She has written extensively on American and European ceramics.


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Answer to the V shaped mark with comb and observations on the S with star
by: Peter (admin)

Hi Nic

The V mark with prongs and comb is Rudolstadt/Volkstedt maker - the Porcelain Factory of Richard Eckert & Co. which operated from 1894 to 1918 (formerly Triebner Ens & Eckert 1877 to 1894).

The other mark I can't find right now, but it looks like an 'S' with a star rather than crossed swords. It looks genuine. I'll keep looking.

Thanks for posting,

Peter (admin)

Impressive knowledge on this site!
by: Nic

That is so kind- I actually gave the Don Quijote figures to a spanish friend but I will be passing on your excellent research. Many thanks and I am keen to find out anything about the figure I still have! Best regards Nick

Star mark with S
by: Stewart

Hi, Your star mark, is a crossed lines mark with the S with (Is shown the wrong up) is for the Paris firm of SAMSONS, of the Rue Beranger, Paris. France. & date to after 1898. Hope this helps. Regards Stewart.

Much appreciated
by: Anonymous

Thank you so much Stewart.Its very hard for those with less experience and knowledge to decipher the vagaries of these marks and I have the utmost respect for those who are kind enough to pass on their wisdom! Many thanks, N

S with Star Mark - SOLVED by Stewart!
by: Peter (admin)


Thank you so much for solving the mystery of the crossed lines star marking with an S (for Samson) initial underneath the star, rather than on top - being Samson of Paris.

Also, thanks for confirming it is a star made with lines rather than crossed swords.

Best regards

Peter (admin)

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