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I purchased this  at an estate sale and have  searched the Internet for something similar but have not had much success.
This came with a card from SARO antiques  in Italy where it was purchased from the previous owner.  I cant read  or speak Italian to figure out what is written on the card. I  initially thought this piece was from Italy but it has been suggested that it may be a French piece and used for flowers. There are no cracks or chips and minimal  paint loss in gold.
 There are no marks , it is 7 inches wide and 8 inches tall.
Any information is  greatly appreciated.

ANSWER: Hello;
In order to help you at all, I will need  a good clear image of the "markings" on the  bottom of this particular object
I look forward, to seeing the image.
Take care.

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Unfortunately, there are no markings on the bottom.  I have attached a picture for your review. The only thing I  have that may indicate  information  on this piece is written on the card in the previous picture.  Thanks so much .

Hello again Donna;
Thanks for posting the extra image, as requested.
The label written in Italian it simply states an opinion, and is not a clear scientific fact.
The label, it only suggests that it is made in the  19th century and of “Polish Manufacture”.
This in turn, shows  little  intrinsic knowledge between  both the highly complex relationship - of  German and Polish porcelain history, and of the very wide scope of  manufacturing in Northern Europe.
In this particular case as there are no markings on the base, which is sometimes both probable and not entirely out of the ordinary. Therefore, other means would be needed to be used in order to establish an identity.
Generally speaking ordinary photographs are very  unreliable, when it comes to serious forensics.
In my own opinion,  the figurine is undoubtedly of a late 19th century model.
The photo, would appear to show a typical female figurine with a “blush ivory” finish,  that probably once adorned a mantelpiece - or a “Ladies Dressing Table.”
Probably more likely is, that it once belonged to a set, or what is  referred to as a “Dressing Table Garniture.”
This type of serious   “Ladies” accoutrement,  belongs to a period of time before Helena Reubenstein, or the arrival of  personal items which come under the modern headings of “wash and go” that adorn the crowded shelves in Publix.
Indeed as you also hinted, it may well be French and possibly a product of the Samsun factory; in Northern France.
However, in order to establish the facts more clearly a further step is needed.
Since you are  located in Nebraska, I would strongly advise you to take  the object along to a good sized and “reputable” auction house near to your own location.
They will be able to give you a much better >>hands on << examination, which is always necessary in such matters.

Only a real >> hands on examination << will reveal,  if it is in fact – made of real porcelain, or a reproduction - and also any further possible clues as to the objects true origins.
I hope, that  my answer  is of some use to you - and very good luck with the hunt!
Take care.

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I am unable to answer enquiries concerning objects, which are NOT related to the areas of Fine Art and Antiques. Nor will I; on the sole basis of any photographic images be willing to give any definitive monetary valuations, or monetary opinions. In such cases I would always advise on getting “real time” valuations and opinions from reputable and qualified auction houses, or third parties. In some applicable cases, I may perhaps give general indications of value, based on the presented materials. True valuations always need a direct “hands on” approach, with perhaps also the necessary research and verifications. Broadly open to almost all questions, regarding the majority of both European, American quality objects, which are related to both Antiques and Fine Art. This also includes modern 20th century designer objects such as furniture etc. My own particular comfort zone areas would be; The decorative Arts, marble, stone, furniture, ivory, bone, amber, ceramics and porcelain, sculpture, glass, silver and metal objects etc. I will also answer inquiries, and give opinions concerning Dutch 17th, 18th and 19th century paintings. Please note that I do have limitations and cannot possibly answer all questions, as the field is very extensive. VERY IMPORTANT and PLEASE NOTE: Please note that; providing > GOOD CLEAR and Preferably High Resolution < photo's of the object(s)in question, is vital. Pics taken with a cell/mobile phone, are of a poor quality and best avoided. Posting signatures only, or just fragments of an artifact - will only provide me with insufficient information and it is often quite misleading. So please; Do post good clear overall images, with your question(s). Failing to do so, may cause rejection, which is also a great pity.


Since the early 90’s I lead a team of very enthusiastic staff at a business, where have the following disciplines; Restoration and refurbishment of historical buildings and gardens, including interior design. The restoration and care of Fine Art and Antiques at our restoration studio We are also Fine Art and Antique dealers, besides being collectors ourselves for a great number of years.

The main professional organization of which I am a member is the BNA, or Association of Dutch Architects, which is equivalent to the US; American Institute of Architects. Affiliated to the Art Loss Register in London and the International Cites Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Since I wished to become a Restoration Architect, firstly I took my BA degree in Art History. Then after graduation, I followed this immediately by studies to graduate and become a Restoration Architect. Ever since then, I have been an established Restoration Architect and Antiquarian. Since a great number of buildings are also inhabited by Fine Art fixtures and furnishings, I also became absorbed by all the artifacts, which go to fill them and not only the edifices themselves. This and much more, was the reason for gaining an advisory post on the City Commission; For The Protection and Care of Historic Monuments of Amsterdam - Amstelveen.

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Citations and gratitude; “From the Town of Amalfi” for the groundwork achieved in order bring back the Historical past to the Medieval Villa Rufolo and its vital role in the region. BA in Art Hisory. Graduation Diploma as an Architect & Antiquarian; and also practicing as such. I have also completed a 3 year course in antiques, at the VHOK in Amsterdam VHOK is translated as; ( "The Association of Fine Art Dealers In The Netherlands.")

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