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Vintage porcelain dog statue

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Hello! I inherited a lot of items from my grandfather's estate that I do not know much about. Looking for information on this porcelain statue. It sat by the fireplace. It weighs about 4 pounds, and is 13" tall. There is one marking on it but I cannot make out what it says. I've not been able to find much on these statues other than this site - https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/decorative-objects/sculptures/animal-s.... Any information on origin, value, or similar items would be greatly appreciated! Thanks for your time.

Category: 
Ceramics and Porcelains
Condition: 
Mint
Size and dimensions of this item: 
13" tall
Weight: 
4 lbs
For Sale?: 
Yes
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MarkBlemish's picture
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I believe this is the same one as yours https://www.etsy.com/listing/752680007/large-basset-hound-dog?gpla=1&gao... I don’t know if their asking price reflects actual value but gives you an idea of what someone’s asking. Note, they say their’s may be made of fiberglass. Not sure how to tell, seems like it’d be lighter than ceramic.
I think this one https://www.catawiki.com/en/l/6914755-basset-hound-large-ceramic-sculptu... is also from the same mold, paint not as good.
This one https://www.chairish.com/product/3480503/mid-century-italian-terracotta-... may be the same as well (your’s has a better paint job).
So, they vary. Seem to be made from the same mold and possibly different materials.

Lovejoy's picture
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The mark is not clear enough to read, but this one is probably Italian and postdates World War Two. large numbers of similar figures were imported from the 1950's through 1980's. There might be another marking under the felt pad on the bottom. Check that and get back to us.

KDGIBNEY's picture
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Thank you both for the insight and information. I checked both paws, there are no further markings. Interesting too is while I was removing the felt I could scratch it like wood, so I do think fiberglass is a good bet. I will try to get a better picture of the marking and edit the original post and put a new comment.

KDGIBNEY's picture
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Plaster does make sense. I've taken another photo of the mark on his arm - it is still not clear what it says, but wanted to share.

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