When my parcel arrived, I could not wait to open it. The dandies group was covered in a black sooty like substance, all except for the center front of the base. This was sparkling clean because the auction house had rubbed it in an attempt to see if the two specks of clay/kiln dirt in that area indicated a missing beastie. Fortunately, nothing was missing. All was as it should be, as you see below, with the two offending bits of clay well glazed over..
I always look beneath a figure first thing. I love the way the light plays on the unpainted but glazed surface. It never fails to please me.