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Post by KevinJK Thu Oct 13, 2016 6:58 pm

Hello, All!

I am hoping someone knowledgable might be able to ID a mysterious mid-century marker's mark for me. The mark is on a ceramic sculpture of a lion; a piece that is certainly studio art and not mass-produced. The style, in my opinion, is best described as mid-century modern. (Please see pix below.)

The body of the clay appears to be a variety of stone- or earthenware, and is grey in color (the ears, paws, and tail show the unglazed clay). The sculpture measures approximately 8" x 5", and weighs about 2 1/2 lbs. In my opinion the modeling is well observed, and the craftsmanship excellent: hallmarks of a true artist.

There are two back-stamps: the signature of "P" (or "d"), and an impressed mark that's indistinct save for the outline. (The square hole is a vent, of course.) I'm hoping this visual information will be enough for someone to recognize which designer/maker is responsible for this lovely little lion!

Any and all helpful information is welcome, thank you!  Nuh-huh

Best, KJK


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Post by dantheman Thu Oct 13, 2016 7:19 pm

the style is Scandinavian

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Post by NaomiM Thu Oct 13, 2016 7:50 pm

I think it's a raku figurine from South Africa. Mostly you see the harlequin coloured pieces from the jewellers and gift shops, but I have a lamb in more muted colours that is very similar in composition to this lion. Very popular pieces :)

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Post by KevinJK Thu Oct 13, 2016 9:05 pm

dantheman: I thought so, too! However, I think NaomiM has provided a more likely revelation. A quick search for "South African Raku Pottery" shows some very similar items...!

Thank you so much for chiming in; I very much appreciate your input! Meanwhile, the hunt continues based on this new information...

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Post by KevinJK Thu Oct 13, 2016 9:27 pm

Yep. You were right, NaomiM. I just found another, very similar example online. one that's clearly marked "Hand Made in South Africa". Well done, NaomiM! Clap

Thanks!

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Post by NaomiM Thu Oct 13, 2016 9:56 pm

Most Excellent

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