Petit's wares in big demand Antiques: French porcelain manufacturer's rococo designs were popular in the 19th century and are bringing big prices again now.


July 21, 1996|By Ralph Kovel and Terry Kovel | Ralph Kovel and Terry Kovel,KING FEATURES SYNDICATE

Perfume bottles shaped like Oriental men, soup tureens that look like huge shells and vases covered with human and animal heads were among the unusual designs produced by French porcelain manufacturers in the 19th century. When the rococo style was revived, the affluent demanded elaborate porcelains.

Jacob Petit was one manufacturer who met the demand. His firm in Fontainebleau, France, made vases, clock cases, figurines, candlesticks and dishes.

Now, Petit's small perfume bottles encrusted with three-dimensional flowers as well as Oriental-inspired designs for figurines and decorative wares are in great demand. Pieces are marked with the blue letters "J.P."

One unusual soup tureen looks like a huge seashell. It probably was made to serve chowder or other fish soups. A German factory made almost the identical tureen about 1910.

* I have a highly decorated plate with a man and women in the center and gold filigree around the edges. The back is marked with a crown over the initials "CM" in a shield, with "18" on one side and "14" on the other. Underneath are the words "Hutschenreuther Hohenberg Germany." What can you tell me about it?

The Porcelain Factory of C.M. Hutschenreuther worked in Hohenberg, Germany, in a part of Bavaria, from 1814 to 1969. It made household, hotel and decorative porcelain, figurines and gifts. The mark you describe was used between 1950 and 1963.

I have an 8-inch-high lamp that is marked "Made in Occupied Japan." Mounted on the base is a pair of figures dressed in Colonial-era clothing. The woman is playing the piano, while the man listens. What's it worth?

Figural lamps are the most common Occupied Japan lamps. Your lamp is worth about $85.

My blue-green glass kettle says "Souvenir of Detroit." The rim and the feet are painted gold. Can you help me with any information?

Your souvenir originally held hard candy. It's worth about $25.

A similar candy container in a kettle shape and embossed with the words "Boston-Bean Kettle" is worth about $70.

* TIP: Missing an earring? An antique drop earring can be converted to a necklace pendant.

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Pub Date: 7/21/96

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