Figurine with unknown stamps on the bottom
Mystery Figurine With Unknown Markings - Pottery Mark Query:- Hi there, my question is about a figurine I found about a month ago in a thrift shop. I believe she is ceramic and hand painted. There are several letters, numbers and a red stamp on the bottom which looks like possibly the outline of a bird.
I have exhausted all efforts to figure out what any of them mean.
She looks to be some kind of Asian Opera performer
due to her headdress. However, her face doesn't look Asian at all, the only clue to her culture is her long black hair in the back.
I am guessing her face was painted or a mask was worn to explain the lack of defining features.
It looks like I can upload only one picture so I will give you the one of her markings and stamps. I hope you can help.
I am so intrigued and have never had such difficulty finding any information whatsoever.
Thank you very much,
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Reply by Peter (admin)
Nice query from Lori on the 'Mystery Figurine With Unknown Markings' - Pottery Mark. Thanks.
I HAVE NOW BEEN ABLE TO IDENTIFY THIS MARK AS THAT OF THE DULYOVO PORCELAIN FACTORY FROM RUSSIA (this sign is the one for modern, 1st Grade items).
Now called Likino-Dulyovo they were
founded in 1832 by Terenti Kuznetsov. Dulyovo porcelain has won many awards at world fairs - notably Paris (1937) and Brussels (1958, for a piece called "The Falcon"). They are still operating successfully in modern times.
Dulyovo is the LARGEST of the Russian porcelain manufactures. They are known in Russia for producing hardworking, everyday porcelain. Dishwasher proof and microwavable. They are not known as a high prestige brand. I have seen figurines with a buy-it-now price of around £50 USD.
For interest, see my original answer below when I had no idea which company pottery mark it was (I found the answer by chance when I was researching some other Russian wares).
ORIGINAL ANSWER - BEFORE I KNEW WHO THIS MARK BELONGED TO
I think Lori, you got a good bargain!
You certainly found something of interest on your thrift shop rummage!
It's hard for me to comment without a pic of the figure, but just some general pointers:-
The printed mark is not any obvious mark of a notable English or European maker. That leaves either a smaller or less publicised European maker or a regional American maker or a Far East manufacturer.
I am unable to pin it down more than that without a visual reference.
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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