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Capodimonte collectibles

The Capodimonte logo, the Crown and Neapolitan N, was originally painted or impressed on porcelain and ceramics produced at the Royal Factory in Naples from 1759 to 1780 and was synonymous with the finest quality Neapolitan porcelain and ceramics from that period onwards.

The Royal Factory

The Royal Factory, which no longer exists, came to being when King Charles of Naples married Maria Amalia. She was the granddaughter of Augustus II, who in addition to being the King of Poland, also founded the first European hard paste porcelain factory in Meissen, Germany. King Charles developed a curiosity about porcelain through his new wife’s family.

Passion & skills

This interest turned into a passion that led to many years of research and development before the Royal Factory came about. Once the formula for porcelain paste was perfected, many skilled craftsmen and artisans, both men and women, worked to produce fine Capodimonte pieces. Plates, vases, small and large bowls, tea and coffee cups, large and small jugs, sugar bowls, tea caddies, teapots, snuff-boxes, and walking stick handles mounted in gold are among the fine pieces produced at the factory in Italy.

Ferdinand

The factory eventually moved to Spain and back to Italy again several decades later under the direction of King Charles’ son, Ferdinand. During this period, the shape, style and decoration of the porcelain production was similar to that of the original Capodimonte factory.

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Anita - June 2, 2014

Hi, wondering if anyone can help, my father recently passed away, and while going through my parents stuff (both past away now) I came across a Capodimonte, after searching the markings, not been able to find another one like it, it's a drunken tramp/hobo, leaning on a pile of stones, holding a bottles in each hand, wearing a hat and baggy clothes, with broken shoes. After searching throw pics on the Internet I noticed that the tramps look similar, all have patch work on there trousers, always leaning on something, ie bench, and the bottles of drink are the same style.On the underneath, the marking have a 5 prong crown and the letter "N" but a stamp saying "made in italy" could anyone tell me if this is an original??? Or point me in the right direction?? Many thanks :)
►reply: I am not an expert on Capodimonte I am afraid... Did you also search eBay for your piece, or try this search on Google Images: Capodimonte tramp bottles.

Lin May 20th 2014 - May 20, 2014

Hi, I have a Capodimonte porcelain head

Carolann - February 11, 2014

Hi. I have 2 very intricate Capodimonte figures that I know nothing about. They both have the N under the crown and has Capodimonte REAL PORCELAIN, made in Italy. They are also both signed by the same person but I cannot make it out. It looks like WSeafinello but I am unsure. The largest of the two is just over 9 inches tall and is a lady holding a basket of flowers under her left arm and some flowers in her right hand. She is standing on a rock base with 2 white doves on a higher rock. The are 4 small bunches of very intricate flowers growing on the rock and a gold scroll in the front. she has a red band in her blond wavy hair and is wearing a blue tied scarf and top with a red skirt and an apron painted with flowers and stripes across the bottom. The second one is about 7" tall, again a lady standing on a rock. There are two chickens on the floor and she appears to be feeding them. She is carrying what looks like a pot of corn holding chicken food and there are some on the floor. There are also intricate flowers growing on the floor and some delicate worms. She has dark curly hair covered with a blue scarf. Her dress is amber coloured and her apron is a darker amber painted with flowers and stripes across the bottom. Both are wearing clogs. I have not been able to find any information about these figures or about their value. They both appear to be free of any chips or cracks. Can you help.

Dido - November 23, 2013

hi there we have a ballerina by capodimonte stands about 3 inches high very delicate balerina has gold edging around her skirt and shoes and base and beautifulunique little flowers on her dress too i havent seen another like it and would like to also would you have a rough idea of its value many thanks
►reply: Really difficult to say because Capidomonte made many Ballerinas with flowers on their skirts. Maybe try to locate yours with help from Google's images, click here: Capodimonte Ballerina images.

Lou - September 26, 2013

I have a figurine that shows two white birds on a branch with a two flowers. Anyone know anything about this? Thanks.
►reply: Capodimonte made many of these figures. The birds are probably doves (pigeons). Try (click) Google images to find your specific figure to determine what you have.

Rock Goddess - August 13, 2013

Do you do appraisals ? Kind regards Debbie
►reply: I am not an expert on Capodimonte I'm afraid... You can try the several marks guide which can be found on internet or try searching on auction sites for your piece to find a value.

Catherine - January 27, 2013

I was given a lovely intricate Capodimonte from Naples, Italy in 1986 from relatives in Naples. My grandfather's hometown. It is a young man wearing hat is sitting with blue white striped pants with straw under one arm (or wheat) and a hooked knife in the other hand. The base is gold with one gold leaf in the front. Can you please tell me what this is called and the age? Thank you.

Debbye Langley - January 6, 2013

I recently received a gift from my father-in-law that that Made from Italy, has the " n" on the bottom with a crown and his name Capodimonte under all the above mentioned. I am quite sure this pieces of porcelain is very old,since he who gave it tome is 91, and his grandmother bought it. He asked that I try to find the value of fit.The description is 2 ladies and1 man sitting on tree trunks or boxes, playing cards, and the table is made dorm a tree as well with plank boards on top. Quite a conversation piece because the one lady has her entire leg stretched out under the table with a card between her two toes passing it to the lady across from her and the lady receiving It has her hand under the table trying to get the card unnoticed sand every single detail of this piece is so definitive ex, ankle bones, fingernails ,lots of detail. Can you point me in the direction to find the name of this piece and who to call to find out the value? Thank you so much!
►reply: The piece is called 'La Cheato' or in English 'The Cheats' and Capodimonte made dozens of versions of this piece. If you search in Google images you might find a copy of yours. If you want to know the value I can recommend justanswer.com where such a piece was recently appraised.

Pamela - September 13, 2012

I have a Vintage Italian Capodimonte Large footed Vase Roses.. On bottom the mark is Tipo Capodimonte, then the crown and N and says Made in Italy... Everyone that I have seen on line has 1 red rose and one yellow rose with yellow bud.. My vase has all Yellow rose's... Would you know when it was made and maybe the value of it?
►reply: Sorry I can't help you with that...

Geoff - August 6, 2012

We have a Capo sculpture, 'The Artist' designed by Sandro. It depicts an artist in his studio painting a picture on an easel.Bought in June 1979. The Back stamp is Italia. We would like to know an approximate value for today. Any ideas please.
►reply: I saw one sold recently for 300 USD.

Caz - June 14, 2012

Hi I have a Nut Roast Capo it as a man,woman and dog sitting around a Nut Roaster, can can anybody tell me anything about it?many thanks

Curdis - June 9, 2012

i have a glass figure of a girl sitting on a log and she's holding flowers i don't know what it is it has a scroll with a n and a different crown and she has a blue dress i don't know what its called will u tell me or send me a picture and the name?Thank you,LeeAnne
►reply: You can determine the age of your piece on this website or you can search through Google images to find your figure.

Lynda - October 25, 2011

How old is a Capodimonte with a gold N under a crown? Thank you.
►reply: I don't know but you can try here to determine your piece.

Adam - August 3, 2011

I have come across a large Capo lamp with 4 angles frolicking across it. It has a gold crown and N very small across the bottom. Anyone have any info about this piece ? ty

Katie Hunt - July 6, 2011

Hi, I have a large basket of roses. Have seen small ones with handles, this is quite large, with out handle. Can you give me any info on this piece please.

Lynne Vayro - April 5, 2011

Hi,I have found a figurine of a girl,hair in bunches,white with gold scroll and feather pen,standing on a pedestal.The mark says Capodimonte hand made in Italy N with crown above.There is also a Tosca mark.Can you tell me if this is genuine?
►reply: I am not an expert, so I think you have to contact someone who deals in Capodimonte.

Karen Wilton - March 24, 2011

My partner has inheirited a Capodimonte figurine from his mother. It is called 'Banjo Boy' by a sculpter named Cortese and was purchased in the year 1980. We have a certificate of Authenticity with it. Any info or value would be very gratefully received as he wishes to pass it on to his grandchild.
►reply: I am sorry I am not a Capodimonte expert, try and search in Google for capodimonte value.

Marcella Imrie - November 29, 2010

I have a Capodimonte figure of a man with a cockatoo on right arm, 14 inches high, with N mark and crown and number 36. Any info or value would be very gratefully received.

Paul - October 21, 2010

Hi, I have 2 Napoleonic figurines, Wellington and Napoleon himself. Napoleon is stood with sword in sheath and a telescope in left hand as right hand is tucked away. On the base is the blue crown with the N date 1748-1813 and his name impressed in the porcelain. Wellington same set and base with date 1842 on the base. These were left to me by my grandmother in 1991, she had had them for quite a long time, ever since I was a young boy, so they are well over 30 years old.
If you could help me out with a bit of history and also a guide if they are of any value.

Kathleen Smith - October 5, 2010

We have a piece of Capodimonte, marked Gourmet Gift selection'83 Monk Ekkehard, could someone tell me if it is worth anything please?

Clastey - October 3, 2010

Hello, I was wondering if you could help me. I have been given a capodimonte figure and I would like some information on it. It is a large statue of what looks like an old man selling peanuts. It has got the "N" mark and the crown and it stands 12inches high and is in very good condition. I have two young children who have taken a liking to it and I wouldn't want them to play with it if it is valuble. Many thanks.

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