I do not have a red face, just amused by the whole thing.................. I thought from the image that the wings looked 'applied' rather than pulled as in a Wedgwood penguin. With that in mind I thought I would chance my luck but as it turns out the base is clearly acid etched WEDGWOOD. ENGLAND.
Apparently he had been emailed by at least two collectors telling him that it was Wedgwood.
I will probably keep it but only after a hefty refund !