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Matt black crane. Beswick?

Post by denbydump on January 14th 2018, 12:54 pm

A matt black Crane. 10 1/2 in high, no markings or
numbers. I have had several of these over the years,
and always sold them as Beswick. I have seen them
attributed to Colin Melbourne with silly prices. They
could be Trentham, or even continental, or they could
just join the list of unknown, matt black, stylised
animals, of which threre are quite a few on here.

NOT Midwinter or Hornsea, before we start.

I wonder if anyone actually has a positive ID for these?



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Re: Matt black crane. Beswick?

Post by NaomiM on January 14th 2018, 1:26 pm

I've had very similar ones too. The new Devonmoor company has been making many new black glazed pieces like hands and ladies, along with other European countries. None seem to be marked.

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Post by denbydump on January 14th 2018, 1:37 pm

These have been around forever, at least back to the 90s.
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Re: Matt black crane. Beswick?

Post by NaomiM on January 14th 2018, 6:24 pm

Found 3 similar bird ones in a charity shop several years ago and spent ages trying to ID them - there was even a US pottery producing similar ones, which are highly collectable - but gave up in the end.

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Post by NaomiM on January 14th 2018, 7:17 pm

Two of mine -



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Post by denbydump on January 14th 2018, 11:52 pm

Hmmm the mystery deepens!
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Re: Matt black crane. Beswick?

Post by NaomiM on January 15th 2018, 12:18 am

This is the US one, but they are a glossy black glaze

https://pin.it/3o4phtjtzgfyph

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Post by debbie23g on January 15th 2018, 6:47 pm

Not a positive I.D I'm afraid, just wanted to share. There was a chap who did some design work for Royal Dux in the sixties called Jaroslav Jezek and his animal figures are very similar in style, mattness (if there is such a word) and colour. He may have inspired some other later manufacturers with his designs. If you type Royal Dux Jaroslav Jezek into google it comes up with lots of images.
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Post by denbydump on January 15th 2018, 8:14 pm

Yes I see the similarities. This is definitely earthenware, rather than porcelain though.
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