Searching for Porcelain & Pottery
Geisha Girl pattern porcelain derives its name from decorations based on Japanese women surrounded by scenes of traditional Japanese life. These include settings in gardens, near temples and other buildings and by lakes and streams. Geisha Girl porcelain has been made in Japan in various forms from the late 19th century to the 1980s. In 1996, it began to be heavily reproduced in China. This article will explain some of the ways to separate most pre-World War II pieces from the recent reproductions made in China.
The continuing flood of reproductions pouring in from China now includes copies of Victorian majolica. Unlike most previous foreign made majolica reproductions, the majority of new Chinese pieces are close copies of specific originals. Beginning collectors or dealers with little experience in original majolica could easily confuse new for old if they only rely on photographs in books for authentication. This article will show buyers basic construction features to help them avoid the new Chinese reproductions.
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.