Value of a Signed Elizabeth Ritter Frog Figurine?

Can anyone tell me if this has any value please?


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January 6, 20191 found this helpful

There is an artist by this name who mostly did or does horse sculptures. The signature looks similar

But that is also a common name and it could have been a private person's project.

There is nothing similar on eBay or online so valuing it will be a challenge.

If it is the horse sculptor, this website has what appears to be her contact info. If it is still current, pehaps she could validate if it is or is not hers and maybe, if it is, she would offer to buy it.

Post back what you learn! This has me so curious as we have several professional clay artists in our extended family and friend circle and I am always interested in learning more about artists unusual works!!

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January 24, 20190 found this helpful

Hi after looking again at this I found a small date . 1889

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January 24, 20191 found this helpful

Thanks for posting back!! This is a fun mystery and I am enjoying researching it!!!

So there was a company named UDC United Design Company that made lots of figurines and stone (resin) decorative items.

But, digging deeper, I cannot find any evidence that the Elizabeth Ritter, horse sculptor did work out of UDC. That is a common name so that may be the wrong path anyhow.

In puzzling this out, UDC closed in the early 2000s so if that is the case, the number may be a mold number and not a year. Just at face value, the type face and stamping of the date does not look like anything that would be from the 1800s. Just looks much too modern. Older items usually are more scratched in, than this looks pressed in.

Here is an article about UDC.

When I looked at pictures of UDC frogs, none look like yours, so this may be a dead end.

Here are some of their frogs:

So to make a long research narrative longer, you may want to contact the sea gifts company as it seems like they sell a lot of UDC pieces and see if they can help you ID it or rule out UDC.

If they rule it out, then we can go down another path.

Post back what else you learn!

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January 24, 20191 found this helpful

Found this on bottom x 1889

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January 24, 20191 found this helpful

Since the company was only around for about 30 years, that must be something other than a date. It looks very modern too. Marks made in clay or porcelain sculptures from over 100 years ago would look more hand stamped or even hand drawn. I wonder if it is supposed to be 1989.

Good luck! You might want to take it to a local antique store and see if they can give you any further information.

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January 6, 20191 found this helpful

I would follow Etsy and eBay for a few weeks and see if it comes up. See if it sells, and for what price it sells for.
You can also take it to a dealer for a free verbal appraisal.

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January 7, 20191 found this helpful

This sculptor is not very well known as far as the general public goes so it may be very difficult to find a piece listed for sale.
It appears from what information found on the Internet that she only did horse sculptures but then only someone with art knowledge would know how to check this out.

  • There was one piece sold (maybe) on Worth Point in 2014 but you have to be a member to find out information on the sale. You should read the description as it has information on the sculptor.
  • Elizabeth Ritter no longer has her web site (it is for sale) so I do not believe there is a way to contact her but?
  • This may be as Pghgirl noted and could be a private person but it looks like it is well done so that remains a question also.
  • If you are really interested in finding out if it has value you may wish to have it appraised. I have never been able to find an individual who would give me a "free" on site appraisal or at least one that had any credence.
  • There are some online appraisal sites - some are free and some charge varying amounts. You can check some of these if you are interested.
  • I have always found Barneby's to be an excellent site but they charge $17.
  • I do not believe you will be able authenticate this piece except through an authority on this type of art.
  • A free appraisal may be all you need to be able to place a value on your sculpture.
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