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I have a ceramic statue of ballet dancers, a man in harlequin

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I have a ceramic statue of ballet dancers, a man in harlequin tights and a lady in a more traditional long and full ballet skirt.
There is a mark on the bottom, a large X with two small xs at the foot of each leg of the large X
Hi There~

My name is XXXXX XXXXX I am here to help with your question.

I would be happy to help you with your ballet dancing figural pair.

How tall are they?

Would it be possible for you to send me photos? A full image with the design and a clear, in-focus close-up of the mark would be ideal.

When taking a clear close-up try using the macro function on your camera. It looks like a small flower icon. This will allow sharper focus at a closer-range.

When evaluating an item, photos are essential to helping me come to a correct assessment.

You can email your images [email protected]

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A super easy method, which is free and no sign-in required is to go to:

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I look forward to seeing the images.

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Hi Nora - Thank you for responding so quickly! Here are some photos...



Hi Barbara,

Thank you for the images.

Would you have one of the faces?

Also, what is the approximate height of figural pair.

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

They are 12 " tall


Excellent Barbara, thank you for the close-up.

Please allow me some time here to conduct the proper research and write your assessment.

I will post your answer here when complete.

Should be within the hour.

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Great -Thank you Nora!

You are welcome!

Hi Barbara~

Thanks for your patience.

This is a figural of Harlequin and Columbine. The two portrayed here are based on the bawdy Italian theater troupe of the Commedia Dell’Arte from the 18th century.

The crossed swords with cross slash marks are for the esteemed porcelain maker Meissen in Germany.

Yours is their Russian Ballet series - this being 'Karneval' and dates to circa 1914.

The artist who modeled the figure group was Paul Scheurich.

The portrayal is rather risqué and erotic.

On today’s market, this figural pair sells at online auction for $2000 - $2700.

One recently sold at Christie’s in April '13 for $8125 against an estimate of $4000 - $6000.

Yours has some surface condition issues that appear as tobacco staining, which should be addressed if you plan to sell.

Feel free if you have further questions about your item.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.


I thank you for your prompt response and thorough information. Very helpful! I do have other much more traditional ceramic pieces and china that I would like to have appraised sometime this week and/or next week. Should I ask for you specifically or just post my questions generally?

Best regards,


Hi Barbara~

Thanks for the positive rating! Much Appreciated.

Yes, of course, I would be happy to help you with any items in the future.

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The only items I do not assess for value are clocks, coins, watches, sewing machines, swords and firearms.