Identifying a Porcelain Figurine?

Does anyone know about when this might be created? It looks quite old, but I'm not an expert, so I can't find out by myself the age of this young woman.

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September 11, 20191 found this helpful

Is this piece porcelain (smooth) or rough (bisque)?

How tall is it?

Sadly if there are no markings, you many never be able to identify it.

This would be described in research as "seated Victorian woman figurine". You could add things like the color of the dress, the size, and the material (porcelain or bisque) and you may eventually stumble on one to identify her. There are literally thousands of these type of figurines in the marketplace so it may take a while to find her exact piece.


The other challenge is if she is porcelain, they still make pieces like this that you can get at the Dollar Store which are made to look old. Often those are unmarked pieces and people get all excited when they find them at a thrift shop thinking they are very old.

Are you asking because you want to price her to sell? If so, you could start like she was a name brand, like a Gobel or other famous piece (which would be in the high $50s) and then take best offer, which I am guessing will be in the $3-5 dollar range.

The market for all things figurine is on a very slight uptick, but it still does not have a good stronghold in the resale world yet. Maybe closer to Christmas values will increase.

Thanks for sharing! Post back what you learn. She is lovely!

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September 11, 20190 found this helpful

Without markings means it is probably a knockoff and not expensive. Just because it looks old doesn't mean it is. You could see a dealer, but I don't think it is worth much.

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September 11, 20191 found this helpful

These figurines are neat but most were made of a 'bisque-like' material (rough) and mass produced to fill a low cost place in the market for people who could not afford Gobel, Hallmark, Franklyn Mint figurines.


So many similar figurines are being sold at your local Dollar Tree that it would be very difficult to find a date for one without markings.

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