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Q My brother bought a figurine for me at an estate sale. He paid $10 or $20 for it. The lady said it was made by Lladro, but we learned it is not. The figurine is a woman in a long blue dress with a white dog next to her. She has an umbrella hanging from one of her arms. I'm interested in the name of the porcelain company that made it and what it is worth. It's about 7 3/4-inch high and has a crown over the letter ''S'' marked on the bottom.

A Your figurine was made by Carl Scheidig Porcelain Factory, which was established in Grafenthal Thuringia, Germany, in 1906. Figurines, decorative porcelain, and gift items were made. The company was nationalized from 1972 to 1990 and concentrated on making figurines. It is still in business in Grafenthal, now operating as Porcelain Factory Grafenthal. This mark was first used in 1990 and is still in use. Figurines like this, with long graceful lines similar to Lladro, sell online for about $10-$20, just what your brother paid.

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