Looks like the post-Roger Jensen era, up and coming, fake cookie jar artists have been busy at work for the Holiday season. Today I saw their new offering, listed through a long time fake seller on on eBay, the "McCoy" original motif Brayton Laguna Mammy cookie jar.
We've added multiple pictures of this new style of fake jar to our gallery
, so you can see the pros and cons of this new work over the original and older style fakes.
The pros are pretty obvious. It's a better looking jar than Roger Jensen and crowd ever turned out. The painting is better, the colors more pleasing, and the bisque sharpness is great thanks to aggressive resculpting of the original design. The originals are far more beautifully painted and intricate, but this new fake is a far cry better than the Brayton Laguna Mammy fakes released before.
The biggest con is equally obvious. The jar is a mismarked fake, and that makes it a fraud. It's a shame to see a company with better resources and talent go down the Jensen road and take an easy buck through deception rather than try and build their own name and presence.
The other con for these jars is not so obvious. Though the company creating them is investing more time and talent into their cookie jars, they are using VERY cheap cold paint exclusively in the production of the product. The cookie jar is probably not food safe, but truthfully, it doesn't matter. The paint is subject to peeling and scratching even with normal handling, and you should see one that has been run through the dishwasher. Hope that new owner likes stark white cookie jars, because that is what they will be left with if they try it. The jars are simply not durable.... at all.
Like their rescultped Puss-in-Boots, Smiley, and Winnie "Shawnee" jars recently released on eBay, the changes the company has made to the jars to try and avoid copyright issues will actually serve the collectors. It seems many people can just "see" that the jar doesn't look right, even if they can't put their finger on "why" and they don't bid. The Winnie pigs in particular seem to be languishing on eBay. Hopefully, a lack of sales will cause these new generation fakes to simply dry up and go away. As the fakes sellers have told me MANY times, "It's just business."
I saw my first fake Mc Coy cookie jar today at a antique mall, the name is so phony looking, but for some one who doesn't know the differance of the real and fake they could be easially fooled, it's a shame to make money with a copy and not tell them.