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affensymbol3                   Appraisal: 1109-071

Name: Ann Coffin

Country: USA

Date: September 07, 2011

Want to sell this item?: No





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 image002  I have a small piece that belonged to my father who passed away several years ago. I have no idea where he got it. I'm not sure what the material is.  It is quite cool to the touch and smooth.  It is fairly heavy for a small piece.  It measures 2 3/8 L X 7/8 W X 1 1/2 inches tall.  It is sort of ivory colored with a slight greenish cast. I have pictures.  The bottom says China but it is etched in by hand. Any info would be appreciated.



 image002  Hello Ann,

thank you for the pictures. These monkeys are made of soapstone, a material that is relatively easy to carve. This figurine originates from the area in China that is close to the border of India. Also in India very similar items were produced. Items like this have been carved over a longer period of time, most probably already from before World War 2, but in the past 20 years or so, they have become “out of fashion” and are no longer being made. 

Such soapstone monkeys have been produced in large quantities and are quite common. Similar sets are frequently offered in Ebay and do not get high bids, mostly under US$ 10. I hope you are not too much disappointed. 

One of the collections for sale in our website includes several soapstone items. If you want to have a look, click on this link: and check collection #005.

Please give me a short message, so that I will know that you have received this email.

Best regards,

Emil Schuttenhelm


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image002  Thank you. 

I'm guessing he got it before WW2 based on his history.  It is just nice to have it as a keepsake. Appreciate your time and input. Ann

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