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Offline TxSilver

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These bears have a nice shape. If it wasn't for the dark spatter on their backs, I would like them just fine. They are about 5" tall and have smoothly polished bases. The dark spatter in their backs and the dark amber make me think Chinese. But maybe Wedgwood?? Some of their animals have the dark spatter. There were rectangles of glue on bottom of them that made me imagine an importer label in my mind, with the words Made in China. (The rectangles were about 1.5" x 1".)

Do these bears go on the China shelf? That is the shelf of glass I plan to pack away and pass down to the younger generation. Maybe they'll be worth something in a couple of generations.  ;)
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Re: Brown Spatter Glass Bears -- Chinese or Wedgwood?
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2010, 12:16:11 AM »
A few wedgewood animals to compare,all marked,I'd lean towards the east?


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Re: Brown Spatter Glass Bears -- Chinese or Wedgwood?
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2010, 12:21:05 AM »
All but the red one which is a slightly different shape and smaller diameter base,it may be related to your bears,I only noticed when I put them together for the pic' :huh:


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Re: Brown Spatter Glass Bears -- Chinese or Wedgwood?
« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2010, 01:51:27 AM »
Have checked in the Wedgwood Glass book by Susan Tobin.

Wedgwood bears are either a standing polar bear or a distinct seated "Teddy Bear" shape . She also has a matrix of models/colours made, and neither the teddy bear nor the polar bear is recorded as having been made in speckled brown. There are oddities though - as I recently bought a pink breasted parrot which is not recorded as having been made either.But looking at the shape I would say not Wedgwood.
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Re: Brown Spatter Glass Bears -- Chinese or Wedgwood?
« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2010, 02:34:39 AM »
Thanks, Keith and Jak. We probably have some Wedgwood-style Oriental bears here. They are pretty well made compared to a lot of Chinese animals. I especially like the front feet. They look like they're holding up a wall. If they were heavier, they would be good bookends. I'll have to find something for them to hold up.
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Re: Brown Spatter Glass Bears -- Chinese or Wedgwood?
« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2010, 02:41:33 AM »
Yeah, the Chinese are getting a lot better at a lot of things it seems.  I like your bears (even with the speckles) but there is something about them that remindes me a little of pandas  ;)

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Re: Brown Spatter Glass Bears -- Chinese or Wedgwood?
« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2010, 02:58:10 AM »
The thing I like about Chinese glass is that it gives me an excuse to keep it. The bears actually look brown under normal room light. I bounced the light off the white background so that the spatter would show well. I wish I could will the spatter away. I think they would look better without it. The amber is a nice shade.
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Re: Brown Spatter Glass Bears -- Chinese or Wedgwood?
« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2010, 03:01:06 AM »
BTW, Keith, thanks for showing the Wedgwood animals. I can see the spatter is a lot closer to the surface and the rest of the glass is totally different, too. I like your critters.
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Re: Brown Spatter Glass Bears -- Chinese or Wedgwood?
« Reply #8 on: August 04, 2010, 02:36:57 PM »
I located a bear like mine on eBay (item 270559480848). The label states Fifth Avenue Crystal, Made in China. So we have a positive ID for the bears. :thup:
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Re: Brown Spatter Glass Bears -- Chinese or Wedgwood?
« Reply #9 on: August 04, 2010, 03:06:07 PM »
I take it Fifth Avenue Crystal are the importer or retailer, Anita?

 



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