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    Posted 13 years ago

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    Bought this ceramic cat at auction inn Glasgow a few years ago as it really caught my eye in the saleroom. I rarely come across French Cubist items which this looks like so really 'pushed the boat out' as was a bit of a dogfight for this lovely item. I was bidding online so had no idea who the competition was, made for an exciting if expensive bidding competition. I have tried since I purchased it to find out anything at all about it without success unfortunately. It has, as 2nd picture shows C.H. FRANCE hand painted in black lettering to inside of figure along with some other undecipherable stuff, maybe symbols of some sort, just don't know.
    Any information or pointers in the right direction would be really appreciated.
    Thanks, Alex

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    1. cindyjune cindyjune, 13 years ago
      Thank you for posting it. I have never seen anything like that and am always happy to learn about new collectibles. You have a real winner there!
    2. oldestrope, 13 years ago
      Thanks Cindy. It is unusual but very handsome. I forgot to mention that it stands an impressive (approx) 14". Can't wait until someone who knows their Cubist movement gets in touch with some provenance. Had a look at some of your glass too Cindy and some amazing pieces there, will have a better browse shortly.
    3. vintagemad vintagemad, 13 years ago
      This is one of the coolest pieces I have ever seen! I love cats and better yet all my animals are black and white. LOVE IT. Thanks for sharing.
    4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 13 years ago
      Hi from Sydney Australia!
      There are other objects with this signature on the net. They made lamps and there are pictures of some of them on this ebay item ...the last image:

      The CH might be ceramiques Harva.
      It seems there's a refernce to this factory in "LES CRAQUELÉS ART DECO par Alain-René Hardy et Bruno Giardi."

      Nice cat!
    5. cindyjune cindyjune, 13 years ago
      Vetraio50, you are such a wealth of information on pieces I am not familiar with. Thank you for your comments. And your own collection is awesome!
    6. oldestrope, 13 years ago
      Thanks Vetraio, will try some more research using your suggestions. Regards Alex
    7. Savoychina1 Savoychina1, 13 years ago
      for reference...
    8. oldestrope, 13 years ago
      Thanks Savoychina but have come across this bowl before during my researching. Unfortunately there is nothing obvious on my cat to indicate that it was made by the same person. Thanks for your contribution anyway, regards Alex
    9. Savoychina1 Savoychina1, 13 years ago
      Following Vetraio50, hope this helps...scroll down and see similar cat and C H France logo
    10. vintagejunkie vintagejunkie, 13 years ago
      This is a wonderful find!, Unique and different
    11. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 12 years ago
    12. Thedecoguy Thedecoguy, 8 years ago
      Lovely piece of Charles Harva. Been collecting his eccentric lamp bases for a while now. Do you still own the cat?
      Regards Chris.
    13. Gillian, 8 years ago
      These older posts really show some amazing objects, and tie into recent ones. The link that Savoychina1 posted was so interesting visually, then I found the flag of U.K. so I could read it too.

      Thedecoguy please, please could you post more of your lamp bases? Would love to see them. Thank you.
    14. Gillian, 8 years ago
      oldestrope I enjoyed looking through your items. Have you left the building now? I so miss U.K. for it's 'junk' shops that yielded the best stuff for just a very small outlay. A bit like thrift shops here, but with much more dust.
    15. Thedecoguy Thedecoguy, 8 years ago
      Hi again Gillian.
      I will take more pictures when home. I am currently in Cyprus on hols. Have 4 more Charles Harvas, along with Mofem, L Gerfaux.

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