Q: I have a pair of painted china bowls given to me 50 years ago by an English cousin who said they belonged to his mother. The bottom is stamped with a lion in a shield. The word ‘Bavaria’ is above the shield and ‘Schumann’ below it. What can you tell me about the maker?

A: Your bowls were made by the Carl Schumann Porcelain Factory, which operated in Arzberg, Bavaria, Germany from 1881 to 1996. The mark on your dishes was not used until the 20th century. Schumann pieces are easy to find for sale on the Internet. Single bowls sell for $5 to $25.


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