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Post by PapaRay November 8th 2021, 9:22 pm

I've just taken a bit of a chance and bought this dog from Etsy for £20.

It was sold as being by Richard Parkinson and the mark seems to support that. However, I can't find any reference to this model online and the decoration seems unusual for the Parkinsons.

If love to know whether anyone has seen this before? Is it legit? Did I nab a bargain?

Thank you!
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Post by PapaRay November 8th 2021, 9:24 pm

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Post by denbydump November 8th 2021, 9:36 pm

Neither the model nor the mark are in the book, which was noteable
for it's omissions.
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Post by 22 Crawford St. November 8th 2021, 9:43 pm

But DD it does have that early look like the lion and unicorn and the right material and decoration. I don't see anything wrong with it.
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Post by denbydump November 8th 2021, 9:55 pm

Material, and colour look right, but its a bit twee, not abststact enough for me,
the hole in the base is badly finished, and I dont recall textured "fur" on any
animal figures. My jury is out on this one sorry...
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Post by PapaRay November 8th 2021, 9:58 pm

Hmmm, thanks for the input. I am (obviously) a bit of a novice when it comes to this. Can I ask what book you are referring to?

I've taken a better photo of the mark. To my eyes, it does look very similar to one on BISPM.


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Post by denbydump November 8th 2021, 9:59 pm

The Parkinson book by Tim Smith Vincent.
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Post by philpot November 8th 2021, 10:23 pm

The book Denby refers to is the standard book on Parkinson.
SUSAN PARKINSON AND THE RICHARD PARKINSON POTTERY by CAROL CASHMORE & TIM SMITH VINCENT. Published by the authors in 2004.
It is now quite expensive!
https://www.bookfinder.com/search/?ac=sl&st=sl&ref=bf_s2_a1_t1_1&qi=ITTzYvfUMZ25NxBRBwHqupP4EFY_1497963026_1:4:5&bq=author%3Dcashmore%252C%2520carol%253B%2520smith%2Dvincent%252C%2520tim%26title%3Dsusan%2520parkinson%2520and%2520the%2520richard%2520parkinson%2520pottery
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Post by PapaRay November 8th 2021, 10:31 pm

Ah, thanks. It looks like an interesting read, but I'll struggle to justify spending £70.
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Post by 22 Crawford St. November 8th 2021, 10:32 pm

The two early (I assume) pieces are the Lion and Unicorn which I think do look like this. Very 50s, very twee.

Image Search for Susan Parkinson Unicorn
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Post by NaomiM November 8th 2021, 11:00 pm

Looks right, imo.

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Post by philpot November 9th 2021, 8:18 am

I am looking at the book now. Page 77, there is a photo of model No 141 THE POODLE. It looks almost identical to this one. To quote from the book
'3 inches high. This model is unusual because
surface decoration is used to represent the fur rather than applied colour'
Which is exactly the body decoration in this one. It seems as though it is genuine.
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Post by PapaRay November 9th 2021, 8:53 am

Oh, that is good news. Thank you Philpot!

I'm very pleased to have this little guy as part of my fledgeling collection. I do agree that it looks a bit twee in comparison to most of the other models. I suppose that might explain why there seems to be fewer of these about?
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Post by denbydump November 9th 2021, 10:23 pm

Yes I missed the pic in the book, on a quick flick through!
Can't say I've ever seen this model before, but then I've had
some in the past that aren't even mentioned in the book.
Nice pick-up!
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