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Dear Chatelaine's Antiques,

I bought this porcelain bird in Cannes during the mid-'80s. I've been told that the mark indicates it was made by Minton. Can you tell?

Dear A.D.,
You've got a nice piece here, but whoever told you that your object was made by Minton is way off the mark. (Pun intended!) Minton artists usually didn't make pieces this elaborate, and the objects are typically marked with a globe and inscribed with the obvious "Minton."

The underglazed "D" beneath a crown probably means your porcelain cockatoo was most likely produced in Dresden, Germany. Dresden has a long and interesting history of making porcelain. In fact, the Meissen factory, one of the most important and influential porcelain producers in the world, began in Dresden, and is mentioned in our Ceramics from Around the World feature.
Smaller factories attempted to copy the dinnerware and figure designs of the Meissen factory.
 Your Meissen-style bird appears to have been made by one of these smaller Dresden factories in the beginning of the 20th century. So you're lucky, A.D.
 Typically an English made Minton piece manufactured around the same time would be less valuable than a German made Dresden object.