Michelle Knows Antiques is a great way to find the value of your antiques. Submit your antique for appraisal on our easy to use form. Here is a recent appraisal from Michelle’s column in Discover Vintage America:
Q: An elderly friend has a ballerina figurine in the Dresden lace style. It is in excellent condition, no missing pieces of lace that I can see and no chips. The mark is very confusing to me as it looks to be that of Meissen. She asked me to find a value for it. Can you point me in the right direction?
A: In the photo of the mark you provided, I can see the crossed lines, with an M at the bottom of the left line and a B on the right. Underneath the crossed lines are the words “Germany” and under that “Dresden”.
This tells us that your friend’s figurine was in fact manufactured by Martha Budich. Budich started her company, a porcelain decorating studio, “Porzellanstudio Martha Budich” in 1951 and operated through 1977. Her earlier marks closely resembled the mark of Meissen/ KPM which uses a blue crossed swords logo. In 1963 Budich was forced to change her back-stamp to make it look less like that of the better known pottery.
Budich purchased blanks from various potteries and studios and decorated them to mimic many popular styles such as the Dresden lace, the Capo-di-Monte style and other popular design styles of the time.
With the crossed swords or lines such as this one has to look closely to decipher the back stamp, mark or logo as it is often easy to be tricked in to thinking one has a piece from a higher end manufacturer. Many times you will see a series of numbers or other very slight variations in the mark which are good indicators that the piece is not KPM or Meissen.
This darling ballerina figurine has a value of $40-$45.
note – All prices given are for sale in a private sale, antique shop or other resale outlet. Price is also dependent upon the geographic area in which you are selling. Auction value, selling to a dealer or pawnshop prices are about half or less of resale value.