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I have a statue of a woman holding flowers against her

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Hi. I have a statue of a woman holding flowers against her hip in her left hand. There is a nameplate on the back of it that says copyright by C. Henneke Co. I am wondering what it is and what the value may be. it appears to have been broken and glued back together . Can you help?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Diana F. replied 1 year ago.
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In all honesty, with it being broken and repaired, the value won't be much, but I'll be happy to take a look.
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Here are some pics. Hopefully it is worth something :)
Expert:  Diana F. replied 1 year ago.
Thanks for the pictures! That is just what I needed.
C. Hennecke stands for Caspar Hennecke. He founded a statuary company in Wisconsin around 1865 and they were in business in the area for over 50 years. Hennecke didn't really design the pieces. Instead he hired artists to create pieces based on his designs. For the most part, they offered a catalog and you could choose from the hundreds of different pieces they offered.
Hennecke's pieces were finished in a number of ways: left raw, painted, bronzed, and even sort of glazed.
Your statue is in sort of painted plaster/chalkware piece. Based on her style and the tag used, she looks to be from the company's art nouveau era and should date from about 1890 to 1915 or so. She represents a sort of whimsical female figure (much like a goddess). It's based on pieces you tend to have with French sculptures around the same time frame.
In mint condition it would be worth about $200 to $300. With the damage and repair, it would only be worth about $75 to maybe $100 on the high side. Selling it will be harder, but there are buyers that don't mind damaged pieces, especially if they think they're getting a deal.
Prices will vary a bit depending on the condition and exactly where you try to sell it. Online markets (like Ebay) and garage sales tend to go for far less than the actual value.
Etsy is a great alternative to Ebay. Rubylane, Tias, and Cyberattic are great online stores, but they generally have a store "setup" fee, so unless you have a lot of items to list, they may be a bit too pricey. On the plus side, they do get the "higher" paying customers., GoAntiques and Artfire are great up and coming sites as well that you might check in to.
You might check out the consignment cost with any local antique shops, especially if you have any higher end shops near you. Some places charge about 25% to 30% of final sell price, but in dealing local you generally have less competition. It's always worth checking out.
Ebay is more or less a last resort. It does reach a lot of people, but the values tend to be lower because there is a lot of competition on there. If you do decide to try Ebay, consider using reserves.
That should give you quite a few options, but if you need anything else, don't hesitate to ask.
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