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GlueChip
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Royal Dux Bohemia porcelain centerpiece.
Marked on Bottom in pink triangle Royal Dux Bohemia, 1387 mark and numbered XI. (1860 - 1918)
20"H x 16"W

NOTE: The numbers impressed on the bottom refers to the factory mold shape. The XI mark is the modeler's mark. A modeler was paid by the piece and this mark was used to keep tally of a workman's count. (info supplied by "Treasures In Your Attic")

This is a beautiful and rare centerpiece by Royal Dux. You may see others similar but rare if never with three figures. This one has the woman sitting on a massive shell with her scarf blowing in the wind. A mermaid and merman swimming underneath entangled in seaweed as if caring the shell across the sea.

We purchased this piece at a brocante in a small village outside of Paris in 1996.

The Famous Pink Triangle
Royal Dux introduced one of the most distinctive marks ever placed on porcelain, a raised triangle of pink clay. All factory-applied pink triangles–whether from the 19th, 20th or 21st century–are made from a separate piece of pink clay. The pink clay is applied to the base of Royal Dux white clay bodies. The two separate pieces are fused together during firing. There is virtually never the slightest seam or gap between the pink clay of the triangle and the white clay of the piece to which the triangle is applied.
Before WW I, pink triangles were generally, but not always, left in a bisque, or unglazed, finish. Most Art Nouveau figures in matte glaze, for example, usually have bisque triangles. After WW I, Art Deco figures entirely glazed in a high gloss occasionally have glazed triangles. Pieces with gloss glazes after 1950, especially after 1980 are more likely to have some glaze on the triangle. Although bisque triangles are the general rule, there is considerable variation over the years.
Factory triangles are all roughly the same size, about one-half inch per side and raised about one-sixteenth inch thick, rarely more than one-eighth inch thick. Size varies slightly because some original triangles were slightly deformed when damp.
Appearing in all genuine factory-applied raised pink triangles, regardless of age, is "Royal Dux Bohemia." That lettering appears around an oval shape in the center of the triangle. A crosshatch, or grid-like pattern, is at the top of the oval. Even though the country of Bohemia disappeared at the end of WW I, Royal Dux Bohemia remains in the mark to this day.
All factory-applied pink triangles, new or old, are generally very high quality. You almost never find a blurred, indistinct or illegible impressions in factory-applied triangles. Virtually all factory-applied triangles have sharp, clear lettering impressed to an equal depth.
E Impressed Triangle, ca. 1860-WW I
Each of the four periods of production can be roughly identified by changes in marks. In the first period, 1860 to WW I, the letter E is impressed in the center of the pink triangle. E represents Eichler, the founder's surname (see line drawing and photo in Figs. 2-3). The letter in the center of triangles changes over the years. It's important to keep in mind that E is the earliest. A convenient way to remember this is by word association: E is for early.

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  1. nutsabotas6 nutsabotas6, 8 months ago
    WOW! Remarkable Piece.
  2. GlueChip GlueChip, 8 months ago
    Thanks nutsabotas6, we didnt know what we were buying back then, only that we liked it a lot. Glad you like it as well.
  3. inky inky, 8 months ago
    Oh!..my goodness..I have no words for how beautiful I think this is..I love old/antique children's books, fairy books in particular because of the wonderful illustrations and the fantasy dream lands they have in them and this reminds me of one of those...stunning!...:-)
  4. czechman czechman, 8 months ago
    Wow! Fabulous!
  5. GlueChip GlueChip, 8 months ago
    Thanks inky, yes does have that fairy / mystical appeal to it. I see something different every time I look at the piece.

    Thanks czechman. We do love it.
  6. Vintagefran Vintagefran, 8 months ago
    I LOVE these.
  7. maryh1956 maryh1956, 8 months ago
    Stunning!
  8. GlueChip GlueChip, 8 months ago
    thanks maryh1956. it is a special piece.
  9. GlueChip GlueChip, 8 months ago
    Thanks everyone for the the "Loves"
  10. GlueChip GlueChip, 8 months ago
    I sent out several emails to obtain more info regarding the numbers on the base of this piece. In the past year and eight emails I received my first response this morning: The numbers impressed on the bottom refers to the factory mold shape. The XI mark is the modeler's mark. A modeler was paid by the piece and this mark was used to keep tally of a workman's count. (info supplied by "Treasures In Your Attic")
  11. GlueChip GlueChip, 8 months ago
    thanks mackay1st for the love.
  12. GlueChip GlueChip, 7 months ago
    thanks for the love ozmarty
  13. GlueChip GlueChip, 7 months ago
    thanks for the love ho2cultcha.
  14. GlueChip GlueChip, 7 months ago
    Thanks Blunderbuss2.
  15. GlueChip GlueChip, 7 months ago
    thanks for the love antiquerose
  16. GlueChip GlueChip, 7 months ago
    thanks for the love epson233
  17. charity-joy charity-joy, 7 months ago
    What an absolutely beautiful piece.
  18. GlueChip GlueChip, 7 months ago
    Ah thanks charity-joy. it's one of the few that has three figures. one of our favorite pieces.
  19. GlueChip GlueChip, 6 months ago
    thanks for the love charity-joy
  20. GlueChip GlueChip, 6 months ago
    thanks for the love furmosa!
  21. GlueChip GlueChip, 6 months ago
    thanks for the love sarahoff
  22. GlueChip GlueChip, 6 months ago
    thanks for the love twolate2!
  23. GlueChip GlueChip, 6 months ago
    Thanks for the love welzebub!
  24. GlueChip GlueChip, 6 months ago
    thanks for the love sarahoff!
  25. GlueChip GlueChip, 6 months ago
    thanks for the love antiquerose!!
  26. GlueChip GlueChip, 6 months ago
    thanks for the love Nordicman32
  27. GlueChip GlueChip, 6 months ago
    thanks for the love EZa!
  28. GlueChip GlueChip, 5 months ago
    We have had this Royal Dux for about 18 years. This year we built an new showcase to house some of our favorite pieces. I always thought this piece was of two men in the waves carrying the shell until the light hit it just right and the man (boy) on the front became a female. I had never noticed those were breast, not a chest. LOL. It's all in what our mind sees and tells us at any given moment.
  29. GlueChip GlueChip, 5 months ago
    W.S thanks. yes I think its beautiful as well. Thanks for the love.
  30. GlueChip GlueChip, 5 months ago
    freiheit thanks for the love.
  31. GlueChip GlueChip, 5 months ago
    tom61375 thanks for the love.
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    senchi thanks for the love
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    thanks for the love nittygritty1962
  34. GlueChip GlueChip, 4 months ago
    antiquerose thanks for the love.
  35. GlueChip GlueChip, 4 months ago
    blondx thank you for the love
  36. GlueChip GlueChip, 1 month ago
    charmsomeone, glad you like or should i say "love" my royal dux! Thanks.
  37. GlueChip GlueChip, 1 month ago
    Manikin thanks for the love.
  38. kivatinitz kivatinitz, 17 days ago
    Really beatiful Gluechip
  39. GlueChip GlueChip, 16 days ago
    jewels thanks for the love of my Royal Dux
  40. GlueChip GlueChip, 10 days ago
    thanks kivatinitz. it brings a smile to my face every morning as I pass by. something calming about it even in the midst of the waves.
  41. GlueChip GlueChip, 9 days ago
    woman34 thanks for the love

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