I started collecting these bow tie figurines years ago. Every one of them had chipped paint on the bow ties. The little black kitteh had chipped paint all over. I just recently bought some ceramic enamel to restore them. The red paint matched exactly. :)
(I've added a few to the collection since taking the top photo.)
The cat that started it all. :D I got him when I was twelve.
I got my original kitteh many brothers! One more arrived in the mail today:
I cant seem to find information anywhere on who made these. Some people are saying "Arnart", others say "Wales Japan". I think they're just guessing...