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fleece77
Posts:345
Posted:20/06/2007 09:00:59

G'day Guys and Gals, Here is my latest buy, bought only last night in an evening auction. It is a very very rare Pears pressed tin statuette, made in 1878 by Wunderlich in Sydney. It was made as a gimmick for the Pears soap company to be exhibited at the 1879 Sydney International Exhibition. Designed by Giovanni Focardi is the well known image of "You dirty boy". It is a very impressive size standing 64cm high X 35cm wide x 43cm deep and in great condition. You may have guessed but I am absolutely stoked to have it.


Let the search continue!!


Gordo












Advertising Antiques
Posts:5355
Posted:20/06/2007 10:52:38

Glory be, that is one hell of an advcertising figure you have there! Is this the week of the figural or what?


Many thanks for the pics, can I include it in the up and coming newsletter?


Al.



fleece77
Posts:345
Posted:20/06/2007 12:54:01

G'day Al, I am happy for you to use the photos for whatever you like. I might just send you a few more showing all angles.


Cheers!


Gordo



Advertising Antiques
Posts:5355
Posted:20/06/2007 16:36:21

Brillo, many thanks for your pictures!


What a museum piece!



Lummox
Posts:1200
Posted:20/06/2007 18:09:38

Hi Gordo


GREAT figure !!


Here's the ' Bitish Made ' Version in China / Plaster by Rocksyn


Its 16 inches High on a 9 inch Square base.


I saw a version in porcelein earlier in the year, Belonged to a Belgian Seller, it was about 10 inches high, Very, very clean not sure if it was right. 






fleece77
Posts:345
Posted:20/06/2007 22:20:50

G'day Lummox, Seeing your painted version makes me think whether I should get it painted up. I am not sure whether the grey is original or been painted over, does seem to be original. I have only ever seen two of these and the last one I saw all the paint was worn off, it also had a lot of splitting, dents and was quite rusted out. If any one out there knows whether this is an original colour or what they did look like please let me know. I probably think Olde Sydney signs may know something about it,  he has obviously been collecting for a long time, unlike guys like me who have only been around for about ten years.


Man!! I wish I started collecting earlier!!


Gordo



Advertising Antiques
Posts:5355
Posted:22/06/2007 13:19:20

I would paint it for sure. It looks like it has just been primered ready for painting. I would be tempted to use Lummox's as a colour match. the worst comes to teh worst, you can always strip it off later and with a bit of 'aging' will look briliant.


Don't worry about being one of the old school collectors, not many got to keep everything they found and there si more stuff available now thanks to advertising being recoginised in broader circles.


Al.



fleece77
Posts:345
Posted:22/06/2007 14:32:25

I think you may be right Al, I think it would look great painted up. I just worry that I might hurt the value of it, if that's how it's supposed to look.


 It is always hard to know when to restore or what to restore. With  furniture they say don't touch it, getting rid of original patina will hurt the value. I bought a rocking horse at auction a few years ago and it ended up being an 1870's F.H Ayres. So I was left with the option of leaving it on the rocker it was on, painted white, or getting it professionally restored and put back on a bow as per original. I took the second option, it just didn't seem right not getting it back to its former glory.(glad I did too, looks great)


I would still be interested if there is anybody out there who knows what it's supposed to look like.


Gordo



fleece77
Posts:345
Posted:30/06/2007 06:38:10

G'day Guys and Gals, I found out that the statue was originally painted in a pinky colour. I must be blind, as soon as I had a better look at it I could see pink in the hard to get areas. Still haven't worked out which way to go with the restoration, as soon as I do it I will post a picture.


Let the search continue !!!


Gordo



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