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Author Topic: Small 1950s shape vase, white threading, labeled. ID = Johansfors, wrong label  (Read 2981 times)

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Offline rosieposie

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This has been a particularly interesting thread Rocco, as it supports my theory that Labels only ever support an attribution and are not an attribution in themselves. How easy it is for a seller to put a label on a piece of glass to try to 'Hype' up the value!!
I mentioned this recently in a different thread:;topicseen#new

Hi Mike,  one word of caution.....a label NEVER PROVES the authenticity of an item. 
They can be removed and stuck on anything.
Unless there is an irrefutable signature, then a label only serves the purpose of confirming an attribution.

So, Look at the item.....does it look right?
Look at the signature.....does it look authentic?
Look at the label.....does it support either one or both of the above.

I bought a lovely Wedgwood Lilliput Squirrel, sold as a Langham one......I bought it because I knew from the shape that it was Wedgwood.  When it arrived,  it had a Langham Glass House sticker on the base.....covering an acid etched Wedgwood England mark!!!!
The Wedgwood squirrel has a fatter tail than the Langham ones, and this is where looking at hundreds of pieces helps you to 'know' when something doesn't look 'right'.

I would rip the label off as is a lovely piece of glass,  but then I am biased as I love Scandi glass too!!

When all's said and done, there's nothing left to say or do.  Roger McGough.

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Thanks Kane for your input -- you were perfectly right with your Scandi assumption! :hiclp:

I think I will leave the label where it is, just to remind me not to be too trustful when it comes to labels and marks...
(although I was lucky, and the vase turned out to be of more interesting origin than the label suggested :))


Offline KevinH

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If you leave the label on, then how will you ensure that a possible future owner knows the correct attribution?

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Thanks for your thoughts, Rosie and Kevin!

If the majority votes for removing I will do so. :)
But I am keeping the vase anyway, so the wrong label could not do much harm...

And if I ever should sell it, it would be quite stupid to leave the label where it is, regarding what Ivo stated ;D:
I think Swedish is better valued than Italian from the same period - and it is better in character.


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Label was probably printed in China anyway. Vote - Off!


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