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Steven-R, Retired Major, US Army
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Hello, My name is***** sister bought two lamps in the 70's as Capodimonte. She has since passed and left these to me. I have taken the lamps apart to find a signature. What I find is "Ardalt Italy" then perhaps "ero NERO a squiggle, 78, then another squiggle. There is a 1 circled, and an imprint that could be an S of J. I didn't take these lamps seriously until I saw some in a small resale store that were very similar, and they were marked Capodimonte. Can you tell me anything or make any suggestions? Thank you.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Appraisals
Expert:  Steven-R replied 2 years ago.
Hello, my name is ***** ***** I am pleased to help. Ardalt of Italy is a well known and respected ceramics house who has been crafting items in "Capodimonte" style for many decades--what you have isn't true Capodimonte from Naples, which is a ceramics family, but you have what is classified today AS Capodimonte in style and form. If made in Naples, where the originals were crafted, the most common mark is a "Crown-N" on the base.
While Ardalt makes fine porcelains, most, honestly, are very generic and made for export or home furnishing businesses worldwide. As such, a pair of lamps tend to retail for around $200 on a good day in this current market.
Here, for example, is a common lamp base form which sold for around $30--
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