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About Antiques - February 18, 2005

Hand-painted vase from early 1920s Holland
"The photo is of a vase that my mother brought with her when we came to America back in 1927. The identifying marks are YGY, Crocus, Holland Gouda. There are several other ink markings. It is 7 inches tall. - I.L., Bradenton"
Your vase was made in Holland in the Gouda area, which had numerous potteries. Without seeing all the markings, it was not possible to determine the maker. There are several phases to 20th century Gouda. Generally, prior to 1930 the hand-painted decorations were in the Art Deco style. Around the 1930s, pieces were often painted in solid colors, applied in layers which sometimes ran together. Most of the ceramic factories of Holland were wrecked during World War II. The remaining ones usually produce pieces with a floral pattern, often transfer-decorated rather than hand-painted.
Your vase was made in the earliest period, probably in the 1920s. These older pieces are the most desirable. The replacement value is $350.


"I found a lamp in my mother's attic many years ago. We have always been curious as to its age, origin and how it was used originally. Was it electric or part of an oil lamp? It is 22 inches in diameter, 13 inches high and heavy. We are curious about its value. - D.D., Bradenton"
You have an American-made early electric hanging lamp. Numerous companies were making similar lamps in the first quarter of the 20th century. This shade is called a slag shade. If the glass had been curved, we would call it a bent-panel shade. The iron filigree frame is particularly nice. You wrote that you could not find a maker's mark and I could not identify the maker. The color, like a sunset, makes this shade especially pretty. To replace this lamp, expect to pay about $1,500.


figurine of putti
"My aunt had this figurine in her home in Sun City. I am enclosing a picture of the marks on the bottom, too. It is 6 inches high. How old is it and is it valuable? - J.D., Ocala"
Your figurine of putti (young boys, usually nude or discretely draped) warming their hands around a camp fire is from the Meissen factory in Dresden, Germany. This under-glaze, blue-crossed sword mark was used prior to WW II. Though out of production during the war, Meissen is still made. In 1709 German potters at Meissen learned how to make porcelain, producing the hard, white clay body used in Chinese and Japanese ceramics. The formula was a state secret but eventually the information spread to other parts of Europe.
Meissen is avidly collected and this is an appealing subject. It looks like this figure is in perfect condition. It is not unusual to find fingers or flowers broken off. Any damage lowers the value even when repaired. A shop would charge $1,500 to $1,800 for a Meissen figurine of similar size and age.