Bronze by French sculptor Mene is worth $3,000+


Q: Can you tell me anything about a bronze statuette of a man with a hunting dog straining at his leash. It is about 19 inches tall and signed "Mene."

A: The original from which this was modeled was sculpted by Pierre Jules Mene in the late 1800s. This was probably made about 1900 and would possibly sell for $3,000 to $3,500. Mene was a famous French sculptor.

Q: We have a porcelain wall mask of a young girl wearing an orange and green scarf. It is marked "Goldscheider -- Wein." Can you identify this and estimate its value and age?

A: This was made in Vienna by the Friedrich Goldscheider Co. during the mid-20th century. Similar items are selling for $150 to $175 in good condition.

Q: We have a Kodak camera that seems a little different from the run-of-the-mill models. It is a No. 4 Panoram-Kodak Model D. It is a folding camera that takes single-sheet film. Do you know when this was made and if it has any special value?

A: This camera, which takes wide-angle pictures, was made about 1910 and would probably sell for $65 to $75. It was used especially for group or team pictures.

Q: We need information about a porcelain bust of a young girl with flowers in her hair and a scarf around her neck. It is 20 inches high and marked with an acorn in a triangle with the inscription "Royal Dux Bohemia."

A: This bust was made by the Dux porcelain factory in Bohemia, Austria, between 1900 and 1918. It would probably sell for $800 ** to $900.

Q: I have an unusual lamp; the shade is shaped like a box and consists of leaded glass depicting bunches of grapes with leaves. The shade makes a 9-inch cube; the overall height is 13 inches. I would like to know when it was made and its current value.

A: Your lamp was probably made between 1910 and 1920. I have seen similar lamps sell in the $500 to $600 range.

Send your questions about antiques with picture(s), a detailed description, a stamped, self-addressed envelope and $1 per item to James G. McCollam, P.O. Box 1087, Notre Dame, Ind. 46556. All questions will be answered; published pictures cannot be returned. Mr. McCollam is a member of the Antique Appraisers Association of America.

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