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Posted 1 year ago


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These came to me long ago, and were stored for years.
I did not remember them being broke (female leg glued) (male foot broke, connected still with internal wire). I know the wire is part of the construction of these plaster pieces. The copyright says 1950 (CP) I think.

Dimensions: Both are 8" high, Woman is 8" wide toe to toe, Man is 5" toe to toe. Each are about 3" side to side.

Can anyone who is familiar with these tell me who made them.
Regards, Kirk

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  1. DrFluffy DrFluffy, 1 year ago
    Remind me a bit of my guy...
  2. Artistinside Artistinside, 1 year ago
    Dr. Fluffy, I do see the resemblance. Your table bases are extraordinary...
  3. Artistinside Artistinside, 1 year ago
    Everyone, I just added dimensions.
  4. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 1 year ago
    These are not foreign made, as Dr Fluffy's look to be, these are American made in the 1950-s to early 1970's very much like the work of the Continental Art Company and Reglor, who marked their works. At the time these male and female plaster castings were made in California, and they were much copied and many of these companies were started to make them in N. America, Canada also, at the time. They made wall art and mainly lamps and ornaments. Reglor are highly collected now. Because of the other companies who made these, the unmarked ones are more common, and it would be nearly impossible without the aid of company catalogs, as to who the maker would be. Other companies who made marked pieces are : Magdison Bros. Chicago Ill. 1953, "Universal Statuary, Chicago 1955.", and Silvestri Bros. There were even many more companies who never put their name on the pieces. They were called either plaster or chalkware.
  5. Artistinside Artistinside, 1 year ago
    Phil, thanks for the wealth of info. Question, so are you indicating that the copyright mark of 1950, does not really indicate when these were made. I will try to enhance the image of the copyright, maybe that can help to identify, or am I being too hopeful. Additionally, I remember seeing a pair of these on an auction house site some years ago, and they were quite valuable, does that make sense, or am I still dreaming.
    Thanks again, Kirk
  6. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 1 year ago
    No, if yours say 1950 as I see they do - then they were definitely made in 1950. I used the other dates I mentioned in other companies to give as an example when others were doing similar work. They started in the late 1940's using these designs of mainly Polynesian looking people. Right now they are popular so the prices can vary drastically or rather erratically. Without patent numbers, identification is near impossible. To have the date on them is just as important and is a plus. I have my e-address on my website, I could clean up the first photo for you if you send it to me. Phil.
  7. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 1 year ago
    To see some others that I have added links to in my site - just look under my pic on my home page and SEE some other peoples Reglor or similar lamps. Just look under my picture for lamp collections and Reglor collections. Or you can see one site listed I have added on this page - where it says " Add to collection " Phil
  8. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 1 year ago
    here is the info that I have on Reglor which may give you some ideas of the company. Phil:

    Bernie Stein, a returning World War II veteran, and his wife Rena, an amateur sculptor, established Reglor of California in 1947. Bernie cast his wife’s statues as lamp bases. The name “Reglor” captures the first to letters of Rena’s name and the first three letters of Gloria, Rena’s cousin.
    Reglor was located behind the Stein’s home in Montebello, Ca. At the peak of production, the firm employed more than 150 people. Oscar Vega, also known as Chops, assisted Rena in creating designs. During the company’s first 14 years, shades also were made at the Montebello factory.
    Lamps were often produced as gender pairs (a man and a woman), but not always. Each lamp had a name, for example “Matador.” More than 100 different lamp base forms were developed. An 80-color palette resulted in many variations of the same form. Your piece is indicative of Reglor’s two-tone dancer decorative motif. While most lamps are stamped “Reglor / © / of Calif” on the bottom, only a few have an added date notation.
    Reglor lamps were marketed worldwide, appearing primarily for sale in department stores and designer outlets. The company did make exclusives for clients, such as FedCo stores.
    Competitors immediately began copying Reglor designs. Bernie and Rena Stein sued. In 1953, their case appeared before the United States Supreme Court. When the decision was rendered in 1954, the Steins won a hollow technical victory. Other companies continued to copy their designs, and the Steins were powerless to stop them.
    In the 1960s, Reglor expanded its product line to include centerpieces and wall hangings. Designs became more mainstream. When a fire destroyed the Montebello plant in 1975, the company ceased operations.
  9. Artistinside Artistinside, 1 year ago
    Thanks a million for all your incredible information. I will continue my pursuit of identifying these figurines with the use of your info. I will enlarge the copyright image, I too am a graphic designer by trade.
    Lastly, have you ever seen a pair like these before. I cannot remember where I saw them before. Again, many thanks, Kirk
  10. Artistinside Artistinside, 1 year ago
    I confirmed the initials on the piece. The do read "CP"
  11. inky inky, 11 months ago
    These are wonderful!...:-)
  12. Artistinside Artistinside, 11 months ago
    Inky, tanks, :-)
  13. inky inky, 11 months ago
    I just love them..there seems to be so much expression!....:-)
  14. Artistinside Artistinside, 11 months ago
    Inky, I agree, they sit on my desk, and they seem like they are going to get up and move. I remember as a child seeing them, and sometime later but cannot remember where. I believe they are rare treasures...

    p.s., I just when through your glass collection, it is awe inspiring.
  15. inky inky, 11 months ago
    Thank you!.... that's very kind of you to say!...:-)

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