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Post by Clarehelen on July 7th 2018, 5:57 pm

Hello again,
I've just bought this huge 1950s figure from a yard sale and I'm hoping someone can help identify the makers.
It is made out of chalkware or some kind of plaster. It reminds me of wall masks from the 1950s.
It is not particularly good quality but makes quite an impression!
It measures 26" long by 10.5" tall.
Thanks in advance.


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Post by denbydump on July 7th 2018, 6:36 pm

It looks very Italian 1950s.
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Post by Clarehelen on July 7th 2018, 10:04 pm

Hello, I did think maybe Italian - I think a lot of the chalkware wall masks were made in Italy.
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Post by Clarehelen on August 20th 2018, 11:51 am

I've been doing a bit more research on this piece and it seems likely to have been made by DN Art Products. This company was based in Manchester. It was run by Diomede Nieri who traded as DN Art Products. Think he was probably an Italian immigrant. There is loads more info about British chalkware pieces of the 1950s/60s here https://durons.wordpress.com
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Post by Essenjay on August 20th 2018, 2:20 pm

That chalkware blog/website is incredibly thorough - if you need to know company addresses and 1950s naturalisation references! Useful information about the products is a bit scarce.
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Post by Clarehelen on August 20th 2018, 10:16 pm

Yes it is a great place to find info about British chalkware - I was so glad when I found it.
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Post by spinchip on February 28th 2019, 7:48 pm

Clarehelen wrote:I've been doing a bit more research on this piece and it seems likely to have been made by DN Art Products. This company was based in Manchester. It was run by Diomede Nieri who traded as DN Art Products.

Hi, thanks for the feedback on the website. I'm the researcher/author. Just wanted to let you know I have found out a little bit more on the pieces if you want to go back to the site. If I do find out more, I'll let you know!

Regards
Simon, Valence FRANCE
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Post by Clarehelen on March 1st 2019, 8:52 am

Thanks for getting in touch Simon. I'll definitely revisit your website. I've already been back a few times - it really is so thorough and I can't recommend it enough! Best Wishes, Clare
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Post by spinchip on April 3rd 2019, 6:59 am

Hi, would you mind if I take those pictures to add to the site? It's always good to see colour versions rather than the ones I find in the National Archives.

Rgds, Simon
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Post by Clarehelen on April 4th 2019, 11:28 pm

Hi Simon - yes that's absolutely fine. Clare
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