Of course, nobody ever has to wonder what I am thinking, and that includes you, dear reader, for, like it or not, I give plenty of free advice. So it comes as no surprise that the many people who enjoy my blog don't follow my advice! That's just fine. I love you all anyway and thank you for simply hearing me out.....but let me assure you I follow the very advice I give you!
Case in point: I jump up and down encouraging you to buy things in wonderful condition and to grab a marked piece. I am not saying buy a tired little thing that happens to have a mark. It goes without saying we don't buy purely for a mark. But when the piece is spiffy AND it has a mark....well, what are you waiting for? I didn't wait. I hopped right onto this pair of deer.
To top it all, the figures are impressed 71 and 73. If this were not enough, there is more: I have only seen one enamel-painted Ralph Wood male Spanish Dancer. It was heavily restored and not numbered. Number 71 is a new addition to my ever-growing list of Ralph Wood enamel figure-number combinations. I have the female Spanish Dancer figure, unnumbered, twice. Now I have verification of a figure-number combination with this pair. Sweet, is it not?
For any unfortunate soul reading this who actually prefers porcelain to pottery, here is some free advice. Have a look at the Derby porcelain figure of van Dunder currently on eBay ( item 260820821378) and compare it to the pottery figure made at the same time.
If you want to read more about the Van Dunder figure, go to the FIGURES tab at the top of the page. Scroll quite far down and you will read all you could want to know about the greatest comic actor of the early 19th century. Fame is not fleeting if your image is captured in clay!