Identify JK pottery mark on figurine?:- i recently bought this piece at a collectibles fair purely because it matches the decor of our home and it is a lovely colour and delicacy so i have no intention of selling or trying to make any money from it.
the seller suspects it is austrian or german from c.1930, the only mark on it is seems to be jk. i would be grateful for some suggestions on origin.
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I have not yet received a photo of the mark - which in all cases is important - but in this case vital. Please upload a photo asap.
*** UPDATE *** Pottery mark now uploaded (see above) - but not much help. I have never seen such a mark before. Not much of a mark really, more a blur. Any contributions welcome *** END UPDATE ***
However, I can look at the figurine, which is utterly superb by the way, and just know the modeling comes from the Deco period in the 1920's and 30's.
The modeling looks Germanic in style and the subtlety of it tells me it could not possibly be recreated by a sculptor working today, even if a top man tried really hard.
Of course, a modern factory could have done a repro of original modeling, but the glaze is so soft and subtle as to suggest it would be difficult to reproduce today.
That's just my overall impression without being able to check other tell-tale signs of age.
I don't know which factory, as identifying the mark is difficult - but I will tell you what I know about JK marks.
Many marks with the cursive letters become confused as to what initials they are supposed to be portraying.
For example a cursive T looks exactly like what we would regard today as a J. The R can be mistaken for a K if the stamp or writing is not clear enough.
So anyone (like yourself) describing a J K mark, could actually be looking at one of four possibilities TK, TR, JK, or JR.
Between 1857-1920 Hutschenreuther had a mark which was a J R, but if not applied correctly could easily look like a J K. Hutschenreuther, which are of fantastic quality, could easily be the makers of your figurine.
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