Leather Leaf figures have so very many features that make them easy to spot. Their eye-catching bocage flowers provide a quick clue to attribution, and the bases are frequently decorated in just the style of John’s Dancing Bear. Other features abound. Splotchy painting of the bases, dabs of yellow on bases, large starfish-like flowers on the base, heavy blue scrolling, and a raised frieze around the base are just a few of the features that suggest the attribution. On their own, some of these features might not be enough to support an attribution, but when several of them occur on one figure, you can bet that the figure was made by the Leather Leaf pot bank. Here are a few more examples.
Attribution is as much an art as a science. There are many subtle nuances that the brain can identify, but they are hard to articulate, even hard to explain with photographs. But the Leather Leaf Group is one that evokes instant recognition, even for those new to the attribution game. A Leather Leaf Group example with a religious bent is currently on eBay. Would you be able to attribute it?
While on the topic of eBay, a defense of eBay sellers who persist with incorrect listings irked me this past Sunday. The defense was posted as a comment to my 2/28 posting below. Maybe I am just getting cranky--or perhaps I have always been cranky! But why did I bother when the writer didn’t give his/her name? I don’t think “Silky” is a real name….do you?
The story about my now-famous elephant was in the Daily Mail two weekends ago. If you missed it, you can read it here. The story neglected to say that the proceeds of the auction went to charity. I do hope it was an animal cause!