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    Posted 16 days ago

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    Today, I was rummaging at a garage sale and bought this beautiful pair of Foo statues. I suspect its mid century, but it has numbers and Chinese writing underneath. Does anyone know what this means? I paid $10. (30cm height x 10 cm base)

    Mystery Solved

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    1. truthordare truthordare, 13 days ago
      Beautiful pair, you made a great bargain and find. I think they are Japanese, the 3 digit number can mean several things. Age is also difficult to pin point. Thanks for posting.
    2. AdeleC AdeleC, 12 days ago
      I think these will be Chinese, and have been made for ages!. I remember we had a pair of them when we lived in Malaysia in the 1960’s, and I brought a coloured pair in Penang, when we had a holiday there in the 1990’s!
    3. truthordare truthordare, 12 days ago
      I agree with that AdeleC, most of these are Chinese or a close neighbor's. The mark is not Chinese, I recognize it from other Japanese impressed marks, and the 3 digit number is even more of a rare circumstance. Possibly a Japanese blank pair of figurines and finished in Hong Kong mid to late 20th century,

      The style of the Foo dog pair, seem more Japanese to me, meaning their curly fur, and sideway stance with turned head.

      Here is one I think was produced in China.
      https://www.coololdstuffforsale.com/2438-vintage-true-pair-chinese-red-black-rosewood-foo-dog-guardian-lion-statues.php

      While I did this search, I came across half a dozen or more of the exact match of the posted pair, plus some were in a dark yellow color on the same pair.
    4. renedijkstra, 12 days ago
      dont underestimate this, these are regency foodogs of guite good quality, in good details , its got the good fur , and the descending darkness of the patina , see the ball and the deep incision claws
    5. renedijkstra, 12 days ago
      the number is probaly a gupiao , and you dont put gupiano,s on junk
    6. verbatim verbatim, 9 days ago
      Thank you so much for all your research. I really appreciate your knowledge.
    7. verbatim verbatim, 9 days ago
      https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/more-furniture-collectibles/home-accents/bookends/pair-of-mid-century-japanese-foo-dog-book-ends/id-f_7753813/?

      I think I found a set on 1sr Dibs.

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