Over 500 lots of R.S. Prussia and Royal Bayreuth fine porcelain will be sold on Saturday, Feb. 21, by Woody Auction at the Holiday Inn Airport West in St. Louis, Mo., five miles from the airport. The sale will comprise several important collections. The most prominent are from Bob and Lani Harper of Florida and Helen Bailey of Missouri. Other smaller collections will also be sold.
R.S. Prussia is considered the cream of the crop in the antique porcelain world. It was made from the late 1800s through the beginning of World War I by Reinhold Schlegelmilch, in the town that is now Suhl, Germany. The most popular and recognized pieces among collectors are those bearing the “R.S Prussia” mark in red lettering, surrounded by a red wreath. These were made at the turn of the century.
The bulk of the sale will be R.S. Prussia. Some of the expected top lots include the following:
An 11-inch wall plaque in the “Mill” scenic décor, with gold stencil highlights (Steeple Mold 19).
An 11-inch wall plaque in the “Cottage” scenic décor, with gold stencil highlights (Steeple Mold 19).
An 8-3/4-inch two-handled, fish-shaped vase in the “Melon Eater” scenic décor with skirted base, dark green tones with opal jewels and nice gold highlights (Jewel Mold).
A 13-1/2-inch tankard in the “Dutch Girls” scenic décor, with pink and green tones and a red and gold border (Mold 525, Stipple).
A 6-3/4-inch two-handled, pillow-shaped vase in the “Parrot” scenic décor, with a satin finish in soft brown tones.
An unmarked ball-shaped gold pedestal creamer and sugar, with green background tones and dark red border highlights.
A 10-1/4-inch master bowl in the “Swan” décor, with seven matching 5-1/2-inch berry dishes (Icicle Mold).
A 10-1/4-inch unmarked bowl showing a winter season portrait, with bronze, gold and satin finish border (Mold 9, Fleur-de-Lis).
A 14-1/4-inch tankard in the “Turkey” scenic décor (Icicle Mold).
An 11-1/2-inch dresser tray with a cream center and cobalt blue border, showing portraits of Potocka, Recamier, Lebrum I & II (Medallion Mold).
A 15-inch unmarked cobalt blue centerpiece bowl, with gold stencil highlights (Carnation Mold).
A 7-piece cake set (10-inch plate and six matching serving plates), cobalt blue with gold stencil highlights (Carnation Mold).
A 12-inch chocolate pot, fine cobalt blue, with gold highlights (Carnation Mold).
A flawless 3-piece unmarked tea set (teapot, sugar and creamer), cobalt blue with gold stencil highlights (Carnation Mold).
Royal Bayreuth is the name of the porcelain factory that was founded in 1794 in Tettau, Bavaria. The firm introduced its very popular figural patterns around 1885. This wonderful porcelain was all the rage in Victorian times because of the wide variety of utilitarian and decorative nature forms. Royal Bayreuth continues to be made today, and it was #19 in the Kovels’ ‘Top 20’ antiques searches for 2008.
Examples of Royal Bayreuth expected to get paddles wagging at the Feb. 21 sale include:
A 6-3/4-inch vase in blue tones, in the “Polar Bear” scenic décor (Blue Mark).
A 5-inch corset-shaped pitcher, in the “Polar Bear” scenic décor (Blue Mark).
A 4-3/4-inch creamer with blue/green tones, in the “Polar Bear” scenic décor (Blue Mark).
The auction will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. A preview will be held on Friday, Feb. 20, from 4-8 p.m. A sales tax of 6.08 percent will be collected (current sales tax numbers are exempt). Absentee bids will be accepted, with a written statement indicating the amount of the bid (deadline is noon Thursday, Feb. 19, fax: 316-747-2145). All absentee bids will be charged an additional 10% of the selling price.
Auction info www.woodyauction.com.