Monday, January 27, 2020

MidCentury Dogs

Kreiss dog-shaped piggy bank and caddy: Kreiss was a Japanese importer of ceramics from Japan (1946 to 1970-ish).  Best known for novelty figurines.
Other listings: Worthpoint, Etsy-HoneyBlossomStudio, Ebay-drew. Value: ~25.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Transferware Portrait Vases -- real and fake

Portrait vases with a 'sepia' look picture of a lady are relatively rare for a mass produced product.  They come in various shapes and colors.  They are most often brown or sometimes blue.  The portrait is almost always of a young brunette woman, the transfer print may be embellished with hand painting. They date from around 1900.

Despite a rather uniform look they can be made by various manufacturers from Europe and Russia. The don't generally have much value due to being cheaper ware at the time and changes in taste, but may rebound as they can fit well into the increasingly popular BoHo or shabby chic d├ęcor (which can easily accommodate their Victorian style). Depending on style and size they might go for $20-100.  Fun to collect and might increase in value.

These two are from Austria

The example shown below is most likely a Chinese made fake.

Sunday, June 16, 2019



Two models of a log-shaped dish or planter.

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Saturday, June 15, 2019

Mid-Century Dachshunds

Arthur Wood

Arthur Wood (Staffordshire) -- 1884-present as a brand of Rayware.


Pitcher showing horse riders and horse-head handle (~$30-60). By the mark on the bottom--1954 to 1967.

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Floraline (McCoy)

Roseville Florine is a line of pottery produced by McCoy (1960-~1974).  They were a cheaper line aimed at florist shops.  These pieces are designed to be simpler forms and colors that will help showcase a display of flowers. Most of the Floraline pots are now listed as "planters".

While arguably less valuable than classic McCoy-marked cermaics the difference in value is minor when comparing similar pieces. Floraline sells for a little more in white color, and increasingly in sage green.

While generally not highly valuable all types of McCoy pottery are very useful and collectible and can be found in many charity and resales stores.  As an American product that is no longer in production, they can be expected to gain some value over time.


From the left: Mold 576 (~$10-20), Mold 574 planter (value ~$10-20), Mold 571 (~$10-15).

Clockwise from back left (copyright 1968): Mold 439 (~$10-20), Mold 438 (~$20-30), Mold 418 (~10-15 ), Mold 435 (~10-20).

Mold 494 ($10-20).

While McCoy reproductions and fakes are produced they are normally the more expensive and ornate pieces, not the Floraline patterns,

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