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Vintage Capodimonte Flowers are porcelain flowers produced by the historic Italian manufacturer Capodimonte.
Brief history and description
The Capodimonte porcelain manufactory was founded in Naples, Italy in 1743, and the company became well known for producing a variety of delicate and hand-crafted porcelain items such as plates, bowls, vases, teapots and even snuff boxes.
Many of Capodimonte's popular figurines featured decorative porcelain flowers which were later applied to the items, however, Capodimonte flowers or floral baskets are also considered to be highly valuable among collectors. Capodimonte flowers are commonly used as centrepieces for dining or coffee tables, and are often painted in a variety of different bright and vivid colours.
An authentic Capodimonte item typically features a signature Capodimonte logo (consisting of an "N" which is placed under a blue crown design); however, not all original Capodimonte flowers or floral baskets carry this signature Capodimonte logo.
Guide for collectors
Capodimonte flowers which carry the Capodimonte logo are considered to be the most rare and valuable, while Capodimonte flowers that are broken or chipped are considered to be less valuable.
Restoration of a Capodimonte flower is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage. However, restoring a Capodimonte flower may decrease its value.
For more information regarding Capodimonte flowers, visit the Capodimonte Flowers' official website, Capodimonte-USA or Capodimonte Online.
Tias Inc. in Garden City, New York sold a Capodimonte floral basket filled with various pink, red and yellow porcelain roses (circa 1940s to 1950s) and carrying the Capodimonte's logo on the bottom of the basket for $225 in September of 2006.
Sloans & Kenyon in Chevy Chase, Maryland sold a porcelain Capodimonte floral basket filled with pink and yellow porcelain flowers (15" in height) for $190 in September of 2006.
Bloomington Auction Gallery in Bloomington, Illinois sold a Capodimonte porcelain yellow rose centrepiece (2.5" in height) for $30 in May of 2011.
Gordon's Estate Services, Auction Services Division in Kingston, Canada sold a white and yellow porcelain Capodimonte Napolean/Flower of Italy centrepiece for $5 CAD in April of 2008.
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