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Q&A on Collecting: Candleholder lights up collector

Anne McCollam answers readers' questions about their antiques.
BY Anne McCollam Published: October 1, 2012


Candleholder lights up collector

Q: This is a photo of an ornate porcelain candleholder that is decorated with a cherub surrounded by pink flowers and green and gold vines. He is holding an egg in one hand. The overall height is 10 inches. The word “Germany” is marked on the bottom along with blue double crossed lines. I purchased it at a house sale approximately 30 years ago, and, if I remember correctly, I paid $8. It is in mint condition. I always thought it was pretty, and now I wonder if it is of any value.

A: Your figural candleholder is an example of Meissen-style porcelain. The crossed lines mark is similar to those used by Royal Porcelain Manufactory in Meissen, Germany. A number of manufacturers in Germany, England and France used a variation of the mark. Some of the major German factories that copied the mark are Plaue Porcelain Manufactory, Schierholz and Son Porcelain Factory, Kalk Porcelain Factory, Sitzendorf Porcelain Factory and Carl Thieme Porcelain Factory. Your candleholder was made in the early 1900s and would probably be worth $75 to $125.

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