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    Posted 6 years ago

    mikelv85
    (1145 items)

    I saw these at my new haunt Savers the other day. I liked them but as usual I didn't buy them... then or this morning. I thought one was missing but it had migrated to another shelf. So I put them together again and left. I meant to look up the strange name on them (Kupur) but forgot...until about an hour ago. My search led me to the Ancientpoint.com site. They were calling it Vintage Italian Neo Classical Figurine marked Kuput (correction it's Kupur guys). The one they had was chipped and peeling so badly and yet they still had it valued at 200 USD !!
    Mad dash 20 miles back to the store in weekend holiday traffic. Whew....right where I left them. These have only a few small nicks here and there.The deer on the one has a chip to the tip of his ear. Having a pair is always the best and if that site is any indication these could be quite valuable. They were marked only two ninety nine each ! -Mike-

    Thanks Katherinescollections for giving me the correct name on the signature :)

    "Kupur" (pronounced Cooper) Figurines and Decorative Arts
    Courtesy of antiquehaven.blogspot.com

    Artist/Sculptor Frederick Cooper opened a studio in Chicago in 1923 specializing in Watercolors and Statues. At some point thereafter, he began producing lamps made from the sculptures/statues he was creating. This aspect of the business eventually took over most of his operation. In 1945, Cooper retired and sold the business, which kept his namesake. It turns out that as recently as the 1990's, Frederick Cooper Studios still controlled the trademark name "Kupur". All of the works I have seen signed "Kupur" are similar is signature style and are on works from approximately the 1930's-1940's. It is of my opinion that once Cooper retired, the "Kupur" line and signatures eventually were phased out while the company went on to have some success in the lamp making industry over the next 60 years. If you have a piece signed "Kupur" I believe it to be from Frederick Cooper Studios and was either done by Cooper himself or an employee of the studio.

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    1. mikelv85 mikelv85, 6 years ago
      Here's the link to the one on Ancient Point. It's a mess compared to these !

      http://ancientpoint.com/inf/92503-vtg_italian_statue_carving_neo_classical_woman_fruit_kuput_hand_painted.html
    2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Really nice Déco figures !!!!!
    3. mikelv85 mikelv85, 6 years ago
      Thank you Kevin :)
    4. racer4four racer4four, 6 years ago
      Will I just love these...so stylish.
    5. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 6 years ago
      Ha ha, mikelv, I'm sitting here on pins and needles myself, left some items on Friday, came and checked them online, now am planning to be back at the store waiting for them to open tomorrow morning, LOL! :P

      Wonderful figurines, BTW, hope you realize a nice profit on them. :)
    6. mikelv85 mikelv85, 6 years ago
      Thanks Karen :)...came so close to missing out on these. So excited it took me less than 2 minutes to pay and go...lol.
    7. mikelv85 mikelv85, 6 years ago
      Thanks Katherine... but I think they'll stay with me for at least a little while :)
    8. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 6 years ago
      BTW, the signature is Kupur. :)
    9. mikelv85 mikelv85, 6 years ago
      Thanks Katherine...now let's see if that yields a bit more info.
    10. mikelv85 mikelv85, 6 years ago
      Mystery solved !....What a world of difference one misread letter can make even ancientpoint made the same boo-boo...lol.
    11. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Great solve KATHERINESCOLLECTIONS!!!

      Chicago Style!
    12. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 6 years ago
      Glad if I was able to help. :)

      California Love.
    13. sklo42 sklo42, 6 years ago
      These are so visibly the work of an artist.....just look at the colour of the dress....so classy.
    14. mikelv85 mikelv85, 6 years ago
      Thanks for the "love" and comment sklo2 :)
    15. SEAN68 SEAN68, 6 years ago
      stunning !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    16. Manikin Manikin, 6 years ago
      Art Deco at it's best ! Great score :-)
    17. mikelv85 mikelv85, 6 years ago
      Thank you Sean and Mani for the "loves"and comments :)
    18. Vintagefran Vintagefran, 6 years ago
      Beautiful..well worth the mad dash :)
    19. mikelv85 mikelv85, 6 years ago
      Thanks so much Fran :)
    20. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      Glad you "win" them after your crazy trip :-)
      Your's are far more beautiful than on the link, bravo!
    21. mikelv85 mikelv85, 6 years ago
      Thank you Kyra for the "love" and nice comment :)...I totally agree !
    22. Budek Budek, 6 years ago
      Good Work, Mike, They're Gorgeous!!
    23. mikelv85 mikelv85, 6 years ago
      Thanks so much Tony :)....they sure are !
    24. Rick55 Rick55, 6 years ago
      Lovely pair Mike!
    25. mikelv85 mikelv85, 6 years ago
      Thanks so much Rick :)
    26. SpunkysMom SpunkysMom, 6 years ago
      Got to love your profile picture! I have to ask, mikelv, are you in Vegas like me?
    27. mikelv85 mikelv85, 6 years ago
      Thanks spunkysmom :)..that's Benji he's quite old. We call him the "highlander" cat because no one is really sure how old he is, but my guess is over 20 ! He belonged to my nephew and his temporary visit turned out to be permanent.....lol. I live in wonderful Ohio about 8 miles from the lake and 30 miles from Cleveland.
    28. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      HAPPY NEW YEAR, MIKELV !!!!
    29. mikelv85 mikelv85, 5 years ago
      Thank you Vet ! :)
    30. Kate17, 5 years ago
      Hi, did you ever have these appraised?

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