Q&A ON COLLECTING
Figure represents freedom, luck
Q: This is a photo of a metal figure that belonged to my aunt. It always fascinated me when I was a child, and when my aunt passed away, my uncle gave it to me. He said he knew how much I liked it and thought my aunt would want me to have it. It stands 12 inches tall and is marked “J.M.R. -- 1916.”
It is in perfect condition. I will always treasure it and would never part with it. I plan to pass it down to my daughter. Any information you can provide will be greatly appreciated
A: Your figure is known as “The Good Fairy” and was made by the Armour Bronze Company in New York in the early 1900s. It was made of gilded spelter (pot metal) and was produced in several sizes. Jessie McCutcheon Raleigh commissioned sculptor, Josephine Kern, to create the model. Raleigh was a doll maker and was inspired by the idea of creating a figure that represented friendliness, freedom and good luck. The Good Fairy brought so much joy and happiness to people that she quickly became popular and spawned “Good Fairy” clubs globally. “J.M.R.” are the initials of Jessie McCutcheon Raleigh and “1916” is the copyright date. The Good Fairy was also made into bookends, lamps and trophies. Some were painted white. Your figure was made around 1916 and can be seen selling in the range of $400 to $700.
Q: This mark is on the bottom of a porcelain pitcher that was given to me by a relative at least 50 years ago. The pitcher is decorated with the image of a young woman and stands about four inches tall. The design is in relief.
I know nothing about how old it is, who made it or its value.
A: Your cream pitcher was made by Royal Bayreuth around 1900. The company has been in Tettau, Bavaria, Germany, since 1794. Your pitcher is an example of the “Art Nouveau Lady” series that included a plethora of pieces that included pitchers, toothpick holders, dresser sets, candlestick holders, vases, baskets, bowls and humidors. This series was available in both white satin finish and multicolored finish. Pitchers can be found in three sizes: water, milk and cream. The value of your cream pitcher would probably be $200 to $400.
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