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Posted 2 years ago


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UNKNOWN FIGURINES Please help. The figures themselves are about the size of a barbie doll. I cant see any markings other than the grease pencil scribble. Total heith of the man is 15 inches and woman is 14. The man is holding a gold machete that looks like an arabian sword. The grass under the man looks to have been touched up.

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  1. DrFluffy DrFluffy, 2 years ago
    Reminds me of my vacation last summer in Hawaii... :)
  2. okeeffe294 okeeffe294, 2 years ago
    Thanks DrFluffy :)
  3. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 2 years ago
    Nice Polynesian figures very likely made originally to be lamps. Very similar of the pottery companies that started to come out in the late 40's to 50's, when they were so highly popular. The Continental Art Pottery Company of California I believe were very well done as well as the iconic Reglor Pottery company. They are similar to Reglor Lamps.

    Bernie Stein and Rena Stein began Regor of California in 1947. Reglor is the combination of the names Rena and her cousin Gloria. Credit for the design inspirations is to be shared with Oscar Vega, a production assistant. Reglor lamps were frequently produced as a male and female pair. The distinctive shades of Reglor lamps were also made in house. Production stopped in 1975 when the Reglor factory in Montebello, California burned.
  4. okeeffe294 okeeffe294, 2 years ago
    Thank you so much!! PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, You rock..!!
  5. AzTom AzTom, 2 years ago
    I'm going with ceramic class figures, or just made at home. The bottom mold line not cleaned off and sloppy painting does not look factory made.
    The stem does not look sturdy enough to me for a lamp and I don't see an exit for the cord. It would be rather top heavy as well.

    That said they are very nice looking figures.
  6. TubeAmp TubeAmp, 2 years ago
    @AzTom: not really needed if they were attached to a Monkeypod wood base. Homemade sometimes means more pride in workmanship, i.e. finished undersides.

    T A
  7. okeeffe294 okeeffe294, 2 years ago
    Thanks Az and tube amp! The sloppy paint on the bottom is from a touch up on the one piece. I was thinking pottery class for a minute but the detailed motif on the swimwear is perfect and complex. The flower motif goes all the way around to the back. This was hand painted by a real artist. The gold sword is a bit much for pottery class as well. Both pieces have entry holes on the bottom and one of them has 2 holes.
  8. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 2 years ago
    TubeAmp shows a similar themed lamps. There were many of these type of lamps that did not have to be as sturdy as these. Possibly unfinished, but putting a small hole for electricity would be easy.
  9. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 2 years ago
    I did notice some of these lamps I mentioned with pretty much the same tree like part where the lamp fittings were attached.
  10. AzTom AzTom, 2 years ago
    Okeeffe294, My granddaughter could easily paint those flowers. Most people that do ceramics have artistic abilities. The figures would have been done separate from the base and sword, then fit together before firing.
    The base is very amateur looking to me.
    I'm not an expert on figures but I have done some ceramics, my aunt had about 600 molds and a kiln in her basement.

    The cord would need a groove or notch to the side so it wasn't sitting on the cord. As mentioned before they could have been fastened to a wood base. I would think they would show some means of fastening if that were the case.

    I'm just basing this on what I have experienced over the years of a few ceramics and hundred of lamps.
  11. TubeAmp TubeAmp, 2 years ago
    You could get a wood lamp base, fish a cord up to the top of the palm trunk, and wire this fixture to it

    Use some clear silicon as glue for the bottle lamp fixture to the palm trunk and to glue the wood base to the ceramic, Wala! A lamp...

    T A

  12. rocker-sd rocker-sd, 2 years ago
    I guess I will throw my 2 cents in, for what it's worth. I think they are made in Japan, late 40's early 50's. Part of the post war, South Seas decorating craze, that included Rattan furniture, topless velvet painting and springy Hula Girls. They appear to be made of the white clay that most five & dime, ceramic's of the period were made. The other pair of lamps that were posted, are of a whole different quality, but of the same period and style. These are call Stump Sitters, and are by Dee Lee Ceramic Studios. A California Pottery Studio. I agree they were probaly made to be lamps, and be mounted on a base. This would explain why they are not marked. I have collected South Seas, and Hawianna for years. I have never seen this set. I think they are nicely done, Japaneese knock offs, of the Dee Lee studio pieces. This is not nessarily a bad thing. Would still be desirable to a collector.
  13. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 1 year ago
    There were so many companies in the U.S. who started these styles, not japan. There were many companies, Reglor had much trouble with people copying their designs and even went to court and one case. In the long run there were just too many companies that copied their styles, they could not sue everyone.
  14. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 1 year ago
    Not made of white clay, most are plaster.
  15. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 1 year ago
    The better ones like yours were ceramic construction.

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