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Post by NaomiM on November 3rd 2014, 12:26 am

I can't read the name on the plaque but I'm assuming it's a Charles Dickens character and maybe the name is s German or French version?
There seems to be a price written in pencil on the base. Maybe shillings & pence.
Not seen anything like this before so any information helpful.










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Post by sunnyices2 on November 3rd 2014, 1:54 pm

hmmmm very interesting lot you got right there, naomim and i love the glaze texture... very nice

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Post by big ed on November 3rd 2014, 2:04 pm

pied piper

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Post by big ed on November 3rd 2014, 2:06 pm

or mibbie not Embarrassed

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Re: French character - Monsieur Pipelet

Post by denbydump on November 3rd 2014, 2:28 pm

It looks like a spill/match holder. Is there a rough bit for striking?
The wording could be related to it's use, like Torquay ware
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Re: French character - Monsieur Pipelet

Post by NaomiM on November 3rd 2014, 5:43 pm

Someone said its a French grape picker, judging by the basket on his back. So French, or at least continental.

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Post by NaomiM on November 3rd 2014, 5:43 pm

French faience, eg, Quimper maybe?

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Post by denbydump on November 3rd 2014, 6:09 pm

French faience doesn't tend to have that all-over glazed decoration.
Not to say it's not French though.
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Post by NaomiM on November 3rd 2014, 6:21 pm

Cheers, Denby.

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Re: French character - Monsieur Pipelet

Post by studio-pots on November 3rd 2014, 6:27 pm

If the bottom word is Pipelet then there appears to be a French character of that name but the image of the figure doesn't match.

Monsieur Pipelet appears to have been a chatterbox!

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Post by denbydump on November 3rd 2014, 6:37 pm

If that last letter is I it could maybe be Italian.
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Re: French character - Monsieur Pipelet

Post by NaomiM on November 3rd 2014, 7:05 pm

denbydump wrote:It looks like a spill/match holder. Is there a rough bit for striking?
The wording could be related to it's use, like Torquay ware

I've had a good feel and the only part where matches could be struck is the ribs on the basket but it's glazed so not an efficient method. The basket is fairly thinly potted and has been broken and glued back together.

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Re: French character - Monsieur Pipelet

Post by NaomiM on November 3rd 2014, 7:09 pm

studio-pots wrote:If the bottom word is Pipelet then there appears to be a French character of that name but the image of the figure doesn't match.

Monsieur Pipelet appears to have been a chatterbox!

Yes, it says Pipelet! Thank you. Most Excellent
Can't read the first word, though. Doesn't seem to be Monseur.


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Re: French character - Monsieur Pipelet

Post by NaomiM on November 3rd 2014, 8:30 pm

Seems to be a character from one of Eugene Sue's novels.
Madam and Monsieur Pipelet who are concierge and wife from Les Mystères de Paris (published in Journal des débats from 19 June 1842 until 15 October 1843).
However Eugene also wrote The Wandering Jew, (aka Le Juif errant (10 vols., 1844–1845), which were among the most popular specimens of the serial novel.) and this figure seems to fit that story better. It's possible that, like 19thC Staffordshire pottery, this manufacturer reused moulds and changed titles to fit whatever was popular at the time.
Either way, this piece may be mid 19th Century and possibly made in France or at least made in Northern Europe for the French market.

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Post by studio-pots on November 4th 2014, 3:45 pm

I saw the concierge story and thought that the figure didn't fit. It then went on to say that the name then began to be used for someone who talked too much but again it didn't fit. However, it must be connected.

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Post by r-and-f on November 4th 2014, 4:22 pm

I think this might be the type of figurine that would come under the heading of "fairing", made for sale very cheaply by travelling stall-holders at country fairs from the mid-19th century. It seems that they mostly came from Germany, and the main producer was a firm called Conta & Boehme, but there were lots of smaller imitators.

There are quite a few collectors about, so there might be discussion/identification forums with experts who you could ask.

As for who the figure represents, I can't help. Probably the potter and the first buyer had no idea either.
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Re: French character - Monsieur Pipelet

Post by NaomiM on November 4th 2014, 5:09 pm

Cheers Excellent

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Post by NaomiM on November 4th 2014, 5:13 pm

The face painting does seem right for Conta & Boehme.

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