Japanese Art Deco dog statue signed by Kent Art Ware. The dog is looking back over his shoulder and has a very stylized oriental feel.
Copied and pasted from a search: Kent Art Ware (KAW), which was made in Japan in the 1920s or 30s. Kent designs are very Art Deco. David Eaton, a researcher who hosts a website on Kent Art Ware, thinks Kent wares were made at the Moriyama pottery in Japan. Several Japanese-made, Western-style figurines have been found that are almost identical except for their marks. Noritake apparently commissioned Moriyama to make Kent Art Ware, which Noritake then sold in the United States. Several Japanese companies have made special pieces in the American taste and never sold them in Japan. The name of the brand, Kent, probably was chosen to suggest an American or English company. Most Kent ware is all white. Some pieces are white with added colors on a skirt or leaf. Many resemble pieces made in the Deco style by major German and Austrian potteries. You have a piece of an as-yet-undiscovered collectible, so few people will know what it should cost.
He measures approximately 7 1/8 inches tall and 7 3/4 inches long. He will sit atop my desk until you decide to adopt him.
There are no cracks, chips or repairs. There is some paint loss to the gold parts of his face and feet.
Thanks for looking.