Rare Vintage Figurine by Vernon Kilns. Designed by Walt Disney in 1940 Fantasia unicorn #16 is 4 3/4 tall and hand painted. This figure is in great condition with no breaks, cracks, chips or repairs. Some history behind the item is below.Faye Bennison was an Iowa retailer until hard times hit the state in 1921, when he moved his wife and family to California. In 1931, Bennison bought the Poxon China Co. And he immediately changed the name to "Vernon Potteries, " which later became Vernon Kilns. These were the years of the Great Depression, but Bennison actually hired workers and kept the pottery going during hard times. It was said that he promised his employees that they would probably not be eating steak, but that they would be eating. Somehow, the pottery managed to stay afloat and prosper, and in 1940 Walt Disney signed a contract with the company to design items taken from his animated films "Fantasia, " "Dumbo" and The Reluctant Dragon. " Most of the items Disney designed for Vernon Kilns to make were figures of characters such as the satyrs and sprites from "Fantasia. Even though critics loved "Fantasia, " and it is now considered a classic, this animated feature was not a huge box office success at first and neither were the "Fantasia" items made by Vernon Kilns. These items were made only in 1940 and 1941, and then Disney's contract was acquired by the American Pottery Co.
This company continued to make some of the Disney designs formerly made at Vernon Kilns, but they were signed with a paper label that generally came off and left the piece completely unmarked. Unsigned specimens without a style number impressed in the base are usually considered to be a product of the American Pottery Co. Unsigned pieces with an impressed style number are thought to be Vernon Kilns. Vernon Kiln's Disney pieces are all very rare, and some of them are quite valuable. Please look closely at the pictures and feel free to ask questions.All my merchandise is 100% guaranteed as described. If there is no contact after 7 days, item will be relisted and appropriate feedback will be left.
The item "Vintage Vernon Kilns Walt Disney Fantasia Donkey Unicorn #16 Figurine 1940" is in sale since Tuesday, July 7, 2020. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Disneyana\Vintage (Pre-1968)\Figurines". The seller is "jellysd" and is located in Columbus, Ohio. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Antigua and barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint kitts and nevis, Saint lucia, Turks and caicos islands, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Uruguay.