Can you help identify this ceramic cat?
December 11, 2009 1:01 PM   Subscribe

LongShotFilter: Can you help identify this ceramic cat?

It came in a set of four. Two were broken years ago, and a friend of mine is trying to complete the set for a Very Special Christmas Gift. There are no markings on the remaining two cats to indicate a manufacturer, or anything else that might be a clue. The other remaining cat has the same markings -- white face, belly, paws & tail, and black everywhere else -- and is in a sitting position. If anyone can track them down it's the amazing AskMe community. Thanks!
posted by Balonious Assault to Shopping (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Since nobody here knows...yet, I would try photographing it on a white background and putting the picture into TinEye, on the off chance it could find a similar picture. I might also try going to a local antique shop and asking a person there.
posted by dreamyshade at 2:26 PM on December 11, 2009

Best answer: It looks a little like Figaro from Pinocchio, if that helps at all.
posted by Acacia at 4:28 PM on December 11, 2009 [1 favorite]

Can you take another photo of it from a different angle?
posted by iconomy at 5:24 PM on December 11, 2009

Response by poster: Figaro looks like it might be a good lead. No exact matches yet, but it does give some hope.

I should have some additional pictures of that one and the other one, on white backgrounds if all goes well, within an hour or so.

Thanks for all the help!
posted by Balonious Assault at 6:05 PM on December 11, 2009

Response by poster: Additional pictures here. Turns out the first picture left out quite a bit of detail. Glad you asked for more.

I think we're getting close. It looks like it is Figaro, and they are perhaps knockoffs of Brayton Laguna/Geppetto Pottery figurines. Ebay items #1, #2, #3. The existing two do not have yellow eyes or markings on the bottom, which could be due to wear but that doesn't seem very likely.

Additional ideas are still most welcome.
posted by Balonious Assault at 7:14 PM on December 11, 2009

Best answer: This looks the same as one you uploaded, I think?

That's part of the Brayton of Laguna (more here, scroll down) collection. Mentioned here too, search Figaro. Also selling here.
posted by iconomy at 7:17 PM on December 11, 2009

Great find, iconomy, that sure looks like it to me! I was thinking Wade Whimsies or the one that used to be in the Upland area...

Those are cute!
posted by Jinx of the 2nd Law at 9:33 PM on December 11, 2009

There's a couple on eBay but they are crazily expensive.
posted by essexjan at 11:46 PM on December 11, 2009

Response by poster: Many thanks to all! AskMe delivers once again. Now, unfortunately, I have to take my pictures down so the potential giftee won't stumble across this thread and recognize them as hers.
posted by Balonious Assault at 8:18 AM on December 12, 2009

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