Q&A ON COLLECTING
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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.
Q: I have enclosed the mark that is on the bottom of a china vase that I have. The vase is decorated with a portrait of a young woman and the background shades from tan to light brown. It stands about 12 inches tall and has brown handles and rim. It has been handed down in my family from my great-grandmother to me. I know nothing about its history or value. What can you tell me?
A: Your portrait vase was made by the Warwick China Company in Wheeling, West Virginia. The factory was founded in 1887. They made vases, dinnerware sets, wash sets, umbrella stands, jardinieres, shaving mugs and hotel and railroad china. Many of their pieces were decorated with portraits of monks, Native Americans, images of flowers and also fraternal order related pieces. The meaning of the word “IOGA” remains a mystery and often was included with their marks in the early 1900s. Your vase is circa 1905 and can be seen selling in the range of $225 to $275.
Address your questions to Anne McCollam, P. O. Box 247, Notre Dame, IN 46556.