Searching for Porcelain & Pottery
Heavy crude reproductions from China carry a potentially confusing Satsuma mark. Although there are no vintage comparable marks, the appearance of Satsuma in the new marks implies the new pieces are old.
A just released holiday mail order catalog claims to sell a new Humpty Dumpty cookie jar made from an original mold from Brush Pottery. The new jar sells for $44. Original jars, made in 1956, sell for $250 and up.
The stream of new pottery marked McCoy continues. Many of the new pieces are in shapes never made by McCoy. The latest group, though, includes three versions of a well known original collectors call the Heart Vase. The original Heart shape was made as a vase only. The new shape is offered not only as a vase, but as a pitcher (Fig. 1) and a 9-inch handled basket. The pattern in the new vase is blurred. New vases are also smaller than the originals measuring about 5 inches. Original vases are about 6 inches. Leaves and berries, grape, pitcher, vase.
A new 10 porcelain plate advertising cigars began appearing in this last summer. The handpainted decoration features a black pilot in an early airplane. New plates have fake marks on the back similar to original marks used by Buffalo Pottery Co. of Buffalo, New York, a highly collectible American pottery.
The same studio that made reproductions resembling Newcomb Pottery (see ACRN June 1999) has also reproduced designs virtually identical to those made famous by Grueby Pottery.
The letters KPM can trace their ancestry back to 1763 when they were first used by the Konigliche Porzellan Manufacktur (Royal Porcelain Manufactory) in Meissen. By 1825, the same letters were beginning to be used by the Royal Porcelain Manufactory in Berlin. There have been fakes and look-alike marks almost since the start of original production.
One of the more common shapes found with fake Nippon marks are hatpin holders.
Reproduction wholesalers have begun offering figural humidors that resemble vintage originals. The new samples in this article were purchased for only $10 to $12. The originals they copy sell for $100 to $225 or more.
Take only a quick glance at the mark (the letter R inside an orb with crosses on the top) and you might think you're looking at vintage Arts and Craft pottery tiles.
One mail order house is now selling new chintz in bulk. This eight-piece group shown here is job-lot priced at $120. Not bad considering many vintage pieces in similar sizes, shapes and patterns would sell for $75-$200 each.