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Fake dealer signs and a nude Panel wall pocket capitalize on the popularity of art pottery and other items associated with the Roseville company.
This new majolica tray features nibbling rabbits surrounded by tomato vines and stalks of celery with heads of lettuce for a border. Designs are molded in high relief; entire piece in a medium forest green. Generally well made with good mold detail and a fully glazed back side. These once were made in Portugal; marked Zrike-Portugal. Retail price once was around. $22.00. No other new pieces known in this pattern. French, Portugal, Majolica Marks, Gien Faience, H Boulinger, Poterie Caffin, Sarraguemines Pottery, Saint Clement, Bourgeois, Page & Co.
Another copycat Nippon mark began appearing on new china in 1995. This copy is of the wreath mark with M in the center in green. A previous imitation of the wreath mark with an hourglass rather than an M in the center and the wreath was upside down was fairly obvious. Although closer to the original, there are still several differences between this new wreath mark and old original wreath marks. Japan
If all the dogs sold as English Staffordshire were really made of English clay, the island of England today would be about the size of a tea caddy. No other Victorian-era collectible--with the possible exception of Currier and Ives prints--has been so heavily and steadily reproduced as these simple faced cottage canines. In Antique Fakes and Reproductions, one of the first books devoted exclusively to fakes first published in 1938, author Ruth Webb Lee devoted six pages of photographs to new Staffordshire figures.
A grocery chain in the Midwest offered new Blue Willow china with a confusing back-stamp. Larger serving pieces carry obviously modern words such as "Dishwasher Safe" but smaller pieces are simply marked "Churchill England Willow".
Back in October 2001, ACRN reported a fake 10-inch porcelain plate advertising J.P. Alleys Hambone 5 Cigars. At that time, no information was available on any old counterparts. A family descendant with connections to the original Hambone brand recently offered ACRN additional information on this subject.
There is more new pottery marked McCoy in the market. The latest pieces to be copied are the turtle planter and sprinkler, or water pot. Both new pieces have a molded McCoy mark (Fig. 2) that is virtually identical to marks on vintage pieces.
Whoever thought up this reproduction was very creative. It is a 12 x 18 bucket-like shape with molded handles and decorated with a large full color transfer. The label itself, "Pure Milk", tells you is not a genuine country antique.
Recent warnings and rumors about reproductions of Red Wings Town and Country dinnerware by the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MMA) have caused needless concern.
Specific copies of American and European majolica has been reproduced in China since the mid-1990s. Recently two previously unreported examples of new majolica surfaced in the form of humidors with figures of young black men.