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Lefton China

Lefton china of Chicago, Illinois was not a porcelain manufacturer, but rather an importer of porcelain decorative objects from other countries. The company was started by George Zoltan Lefton, an avid china collector with no professional experience in the porcelain market. From 1945 to 1953, Lefton imported a variety of items, including figurines, head vases, and kitchen wares stamped with Made in Occupied Japan. Many of the pieces made during this period were produced by the Miyawo Company.

In the '70s, Lefton began to diversify by contracting work to potteries in China, Malaysia, Italy, and England. Despite the global diversification, the quality of Lefton pieces remained better than most of their competitors at the time. However, this did make it difficult to pinpoint any one quintessential Lefton look. Their figurines can range from realistic to cartoonlike. Christmas figurines were popular items and included Santa, elves, children, and angels. Recurring characters were also quite popular with Lefton. A number of lines were devoted to these recurring characters, such as the Doll House originals and Bloomer Girls.

In the '80s, Lefton china production moved to Taiwan and Malaysia. Nevertheless, the quality remained high. Lefton china was sold to OMT Enterprises in 2005 and moved to California, where they still produce china today.


Quick Facts

  • Products from 1945 through 1953 may have a red sticker marking Lefton's Exclusives Japan
  • Pieces made in Occupied Japan are among the most sought after by collectors
  • Current popular Lefton products include their Lighthouse series and Christopher girl birthday figurines

Recommended Items at Auction

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Pair of Lefton Owl Wall Hangings
Dec 13, 9:00 AM EST
Pair of Lefton Owl Wall Hangings
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$21 Bid
Lefton Ceramic Ewer
Dec 10, 1:00 PM EST
Lefton Ceramic Ewer
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $30- $300
$300 Bids
Lefton Ceramic Vase
Dec 10, 1:00 PM EST
Lefton Ceramic Vase
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $25- $250
$250 Bids
Lefton China Shell Dish
Dec 10, 1:00 PM EST
Lefton China Shell Dish
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $10- $100
$100 Bids
Group of 6 Lefton China Green Rose Tea Set
Dec 17, 9:00 AM CST
Group of 6 Lefton China Green Rose Tea Set
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $30- $300
$150 Bids
A Small Lefton Porcelain Mouse
Dec 11, 1:00 PM EST
A Small Lefton Porcelain Mouse
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $15- $150
$150 Bids
Group of 2 Lefton China Green Rose Pitcher and Carafe
Dec 17, 9:00 AM CST
Group of 2 Lefton China Green Rose Pitcher and Carafe
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $30- $300
$150 Bids
Group of 6 Lefton China Green Rose Plates and More
Dec 17, 9:00 AM CST
Group of 6 Lefton China Green Rose Plates and More
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $30- $300
$150 Bids
A Lefton China Reticulated Fruit Plate
Dec 11, 1:00 PM EST
A Lefton China Reticulated Fruit Plate
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $10- $100
$100 Bids
A Lefton China Reticulated Fruit Plate
Dec 11, 1:00 PM EST
A Lefton China Reticulated Fruit Plate
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $10- $100
$100 Bids
A Lefton China Reticulated Fruit Plate
Dec 11, 1:00 PM EST
A Lefton China Reticulated Fruit Plate
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $10- $100
$100 Bids
A Lefton Cup?
Dec 11, 1:00 PM EST
A Lefton Cup?
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $15- $150
$150 Bids
3 Lefton & Andrea China Porcelain Painted Birds
Dec 16, 12:00 PM EST
3 Lefton & Andrea China Porcelain Painted Birds
by Greenwich Auction
Est: $50- $100
$500 Bids
2 LEFTON FIGURINES
Dec 17, 9:00 AM CST
2 LEFTON FIGURINES
by Dees Auction Company,LLC
Est: $15- $25
$30 Bids
Vintage Lefton Pair of Boy and Girl Kissing Figurines No. 4646
Dec 12, 6:00 PM EST
Vintage Lefton Pair of Boy and Girl Kissing Figurines No. 4646
by One Source Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$100 Bids
Pair of vintage Lefton porcelain piano babies approx. 6" h
Dec 11, 12:00 PM EST
Pair of vintage Lefton porcelain piano babies approx. 6" h
by South Jersey Auction by Babington Auction Inc.
Est: $50- $200
$100 Bids
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Dec 11, 9:00 AM MST
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by R & R Auction INC
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Lefton China


Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Matthew Bullock Auctioneers

Matthew Bullock Auctioneers

South Jersey Auction by Babington Auction Inc.

South Jersey Auction by Babington Auction Inc.

Wehrly's Auction Service

Wehrly's Auction Service