Saturday, September 29, 2018

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Thrift Shop Chalkware Woes

The "Divorced"
It is always sad to see a chalkware figure that would have been one of a pair, there on their own.

Chalkware Lamp Figure

This figure would have topped lamp with a light in the skirt and another light over the head. These are generally refereed to as boudoir or "doll" lamps. I am hoping to restore it, but hoping to first find a picture of how this model would have originally appeared.

Chalkware Woman in Ruffled Dress with Borzoi / Russian Wolfhound Dog

This carnival prize chalkware statue is widely available in a very wide variety of paint styles. Its value is going to depend largely on the quality of the painting and overall condition. In good condition it will tend to sell between $30-80.  Copies can always be found on Ebay and Etsy.

 Many seem to be repainted which should reduce the value by at least 50%.  Original painting for carnival prize use is sprayed rather than brushed, not overly precise, and often includes black spots on the dog. However more carefully painted example may be genuine as they were produced by a range of people for different purposes.

This mold is sometimes seen s a lamp base which does not seem to add to the value.

Other examples: Stellabystar/Etsy, Wineandrise/Ebay.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Marplex Beagle

So here's an odd one.  It is marked "1955 Marplex", it seems to be chalkware, and I would say this is a beagle.