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Post by benwilliams on August 13th 2020, 9:51 am

Very narrow blue & white figurine.
Hand painted mark looks like 23.
European or Far Eastern? Clutching at straws a bit.
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Post by denbydump on August 13th 2020, 10:34 am

Probably Russian, Possibly Royal Dux.
Nowhere to put the mark.
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Post by Grumpy Grandad on August 13th 2020, 3:11 pm

The elephant reminds me of an old-ish (1920-1950) spa cup I have which came from the Czech Republic spa town of Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad). The cup is also very slim (about as narrow as the elephant) and flat-sided and as far as I can tell from the pictures has the same very glassy glaze and white body and is decorated in just that shade of blue.
If memory serves, the cup will have been made somewhere in the north-west Bohemia region, so around the area of Germany's eastern border with the Czech north-west.
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Post by benwilliams on August 13th 2020, 8:10 pm

Thank you Grumpy and Denby - input so appreciated. It is Royal Dux - there’s a series of narrow stylised blue and white Animals - 1950s date - a few for sale on eBay and an elephant with a label! Well done.
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Post by Grumpy Grandad on August 30th 2020, 9:42 pm

I don't suppose the label on the elephant could have been put there by an unscrupulous seller trying to boost the value? I don't know how easy that would be, but if somebody has an irreparably broken piece of Dux, a label, and an unsigned piece that could pass as Dux.......
I ask because I've just been looking through the 2007 Collectables Price Guide (Judith Miller & Mark Hill): on pp175 is the exact same elephant and a monkey, both unmarked but attributed to Cmielow, Poland.
It may of course be a misattribution in the guide but I thought I'd mention it, just in case it's correct.
Obviously I can't post a pic of the page because of copyright laws.


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Post by benwilliams on August 31st 2020, 10:03 am

Hi thanks Grumpy G.
I’m pretty sure now it is Royal Dux as also when I googled Royal Dux blue white animal the first image is of a whole group of these stylised animals including my elephant.
As to dodgy eBay sellers, that’s another thing entirely...
I try to get things right with descriptions as a correctly identified pot will sell better and I get very few complaints that I’ve got something wrong. So thanks to everyone here who helps With all of that. It is so much appreciated!
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Post by denbydump on August 31st 2020, 11:17 am

Grumpy Grandad wrote:
I ask because I've just been looking through the 2007 Collectables Price Guide (Judith Miller & Mark Hill): on pp175 is the exact same elephant and a monkey, both unmarked but attributed to Cmielow, Poland.
It may of course be a misattribution in the guide but I thought I'd mention it, just in case it's correct.
Obviously I can't post a pic of the page because of copyright laws.

Cmielow hardly ever used any blue colour, and didn't really do "Flat" animals like that at all.
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Post by Grumpy Grandad on September 1st 2020, 3:08 am

Sloppy work by Miller and/or Hill, then.
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