Roseville "Ivory" Dog Figurine, ca. 1932

Value (2012) | $750 Retail

This is a dog that was on my grandmother's mantel. I remember it being there all my life. And my grandmother passed away. My mother moved into her house and it stayed on the mantel, minus the pillow. And when my mom passed away, we cleared the house out and that dog just stayed on the mantel, nobody took it. So I was cleaning the house, ready for the realtor, and took the little dog. Looked for the pillow, I finally found the pillow in my mom's desk. So I reunited it, and it's been on my mantel. I don't know anything other than I know it's by Roseville, because it's got a label.

It has a label, and I'll show you the label right here. It's underneath, and it's a 1930s label. It's nice to see this little dog again. I've met it once before.


This is part of Roseville's ivory line. And we see many different lines of Roseville here at the Roadshow-- usually 1940s floral lines, that's what we see the most often. So it's nice to see anything that is done before that. And it is extremely rare that we see any figurines at all. A few years back, we held an auction of only Roseville pieces, and one of the very last lots had this dog. And it brought $1,500. It's pretty stunning, as most of the Roseville items are now in the low hundreds. And something that is from the '30s that doesn't look like so much would be worth so much and would be such a collectible-- probably because it's a dog, also because it's Roseville, so it has this cross-action of different types of collectors here. So I'm so glad you brought it.

Well, thank you.

Appraisal Details

Rago Arts & Auction Center
Lambertville, NJ
Update (2012)
$750 Retail
Appraised value (2007)
$1,500 Insurance$2,000 Insurance
Orlando, FL (June 30, 2007)
November 12, 2012: We contacted appraiser Suzanne Perreault for an updated appraisal in today's market.

Current Appraised Value: $750 (Decreased)

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