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    Posted 5 years ago

    Rosie0323
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    Just cleaned out my parents estate found this pair of statues 26 inches tall quite heavy, I have no idea what they are made out they failed the pin test however they do have little holes on the edges for example on the edges of the flower petals any help with what these holes might be would be appreciated

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    1. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 5 years ago
      Can you please post some close up photos and a photo of the bottom of these statues? These look like molded resin.
    2. wexval, 5 years ago
      These are lost wax molded resin composition, made in Italy, and date from about 1960 on. The black bases are made from the same material. They represent the Qing dynasty emperor Qianlong who reigned from 1736 to 1799. The lady is his consort Ulanara. Look for impressed marks on the bottom, or possibly stickers for WONY or Action Enterprises. If you find either, posting another photo (using the 'Edit' function on the left could provide more information.
    3. wexval, 5 years ago
      Sorry Efes, you were posting while I was typing.
    4. kyratango kyratango, 5 years ago
      Yep, agree with both of you Bonnie and Wexval :-)
      The tiny holes (well shown in second post with close up) are from bubbles in the molding process!
      The red hot pin test may fail on some resins...
    5. Rosie0323, 5 years ago
      Thank you all for your input. Much appreciated!
    6. OneGoodFind OneGoodFind, 5 years ago
      What is a pin test please?
    7. Rosie0323, 5 years ago
      If the item is resin, a hot pin touched to it should cause a melt spot. As stated above all resins do not act the same.
    8. Rosie0323, 5 years ago
      Any ideas about th happy face on the back of both. Does anyone know it?
    9. joutlaw, 5 years ago
      I have the female statue of the set and had been trying to find out who made it or any other info. This definitely helps. :)
    10. joutlaw, 5 years ago
      I have some clearer pics of the characters on the base and there is a Made in Italy sticker. I couldn't figure out how to add pictures to the conversation.
    11. wexval, 5 years ago
      Hi joutlaw, there is no way to add pictures to another member's post. You could create a post of your own. I've just done that and hope it will help in the discussion. If you see your mark there, please let me know.
      http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/195420-asian-art-with-italian-origins
    12. wexval, 5 years ago
      Hi Rosie, the only explanation I have for the 'happy face' is that it's Okame, the character mask of the Goddess of Mirth from Japanese Noh theater. But why it might be an embellishment on Chinese robes, I have no clue. Here are two examples:
      https://nohmask21.com/eu/okame.html

      http://www.connectingcultures.us/resources/artifacts/art_item.php?accno1=MASK&accno2=JPN&accno3=001


    13. buckdog225 buckdog225, 4 years ago
      I have the same one in the right....but my has engraved Japanese symbol on bottom..and it had a sticker saying made in italy..
    14. buckdog225 buckdog225, 4 years ago
      How much do they usually go for
    15. Collectorinterests, 4 years ago
      So my uncle had cleaned out his parents estate, and had similar statues. He told me they were ivory. Look close and look how they curve and think about length. I hope it helps?
    16. pick4fun pick4fun, 4 years ago
      wexval your comments have been most helpful. I have the same statues, but mine are ceramic and have no marks and numbers. The bottom is cast molded as one piece of the statue. From the raw bottom I can tell they are ceramic. Back to the point, the statue itself is identical in design. I really appreciate getting the information. I'm still trying to figure out what they are worth.

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