Identifying a Ceramic Figurine?

What is this ceramic figurine? Family collectible. Only marking on underside is the number. If there was an identifying mark it was obliterated. Thank you in advance!


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October 17, 20200 found this helpful

When I see figurines like this I know they come from a ceramic store that people go to. Around 25-30 years ago this was a very popular hobby and they held classes at some shops. People could buy these figurines to paint and then fire. Most of the figurines were painted in low fire glazes and they used a low fire to seal the figurines. The reason they used this is that the figurines are from a poured mold. You need a form of clay called clay slip that is poured into a mold. Once the slip has dried the figurines are removed from the mold and cleaned up. it is given a number and put on the shelf for sale. The person purchases this from the market and buys the low fire glazes to paint the figurine and then fire it to cure it.

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October 17, 20200 found this helpful

She is a little Dutch girl figurine--unbranded, made to give the appearance that she may be a Hummel or LLadro or other big name brand.

Because of her finish, her gloss, and the high quality of the painting, I would think she was mass produced (unless she was done by a professional in a class)--which I suppose is a possibility, but I have seen others like her at the flea market and they were always mass produced.

Do you know where she originated? She could have been something picked up in a tourist shop in Europe or a dime store in the US. You said she was a family collectible so her value may be priceless if she is cherished for the memories!

Sadly even if she was a Hummel or LLadro her value would be much less than she cost new. The market for knickknacks is at the worst I have ever seen it in my lifetime.

If she was mine, I would list her as an unbranded Dutch girl figure oversized clogs. Start her at $25 and take best offer which could be as low as $1.

Post back how your sale goes, if that is your intent! Blessings!!

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October 17, 20200 found this helpful

Thank you so much! Very kind reply.

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October 17, 20200 found this helpful

Thank you so much! Very kind reply.

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October 18, 20200 found this helpful

She is very pretty.
I agree that she was probably from a company that mass produced this style of figurines and could have been made in a foreign country or even the US.
Without any history of your doll it would be very difficult to identify a specific company and it could have been handmade but I tend to think not but some very nice figurines were handmade from kits.

I remember seeing similar dolls when my children and I visited local 5 & 10 cent stores like Murphy's, Kress, Woolworths, etc..
These dolls were produced copying the Goebel, Hummel, Lladro, figurines for the 'working class' people who could not afford the high prices of these brand name figurines.

You did not ask about value but it is generally assumed that someone asking this ID question also wishes to know the value.

There are literally thousands & thousands of this type figurine listed for sale and not very many selling - no matter the price (over 1,200 figurines listed on Etsy alone using the line; vintage ceramic Dutch girl figurine').
I do not believe the value would be very high and probably a true waste of time considering the condition of the market right now.

I hope you like your treasure and if it has sentimental value to anyone then hopefully, they will find a nice place to display it in their home.

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October 19, 20200 found this helpful

After many searches, this piece appears to be a mass produced item and the number is the count in existence . She does not have a brand name, but may be collected to a certain buyer. Here is what Etsy sellers are asking -

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