R.S. Prussia’s ‘cream of the crop’ in July 24 antique auction

Event billed as ‘one of top’ R.S. Prussia auctions ever assembled



ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Hundreds of pieces of R.S. Prussia – the cream of the crop in the antique porcelain world, and enormously popular among collectors – will be sold without reserve (everything sells, regardless of price) on Saturday, July 24, by Woody Auction at the Holiday Inn Airport West (3700 Rider Trail So.) in St. Louis. The auction will begin promptly at noon (CST).

“This sale could very well be one of the top 10 R.S. Prussia auctions ever assembled,” said Jason Woody of Woody Auction, based in Douglass, Kan. “And since it’s being held in conjunction with the International Association of R.S. Prussia’s annual meeting, at the same venue, it provides the finest location for collectors interested in this quality line of porcelain.”

Reinhold Schlegelmilch produced R.S. Prussia porcelain at his factory in Suhl, Germany, from the late 1800s through the beginning of World War I. Pieces bearing an “R.S. Prussia” mark in red lettering, surrounded by a green wreath, were made at the turn of the last century. This “red mark” is the most popular and recognized by collectors of R.S. Prussia porcelain.

The July 24 auction will feature the lifetime collection of Stephen and Susan George, along with additions from four smaller private collections. Online bidding will be facilitated by Proxibid.com. “Over 250 lots of some of the highest quality porcelain will be offered at this public auction,” Woody said. “Anyone interested in R.S. Prussia is encouraged to attend.”

Following are some expected highlights of the sale. For a complete listing of all the lots, along with color photos, visit the Woody Auction website at www.woodyauction.com.
Chocolate pots are always a hit with collectors and this sale’s got several of them. A few examples include a 9 1/4-inch mold 584 pot with rare 3-scene décor (turkey, swan and bluebird); a 10 1/4-inch ribbon and jewel mold pot with green luster background and melon eaters scenic décor; and a 9-inch icicle mold pot with six matching cups and saucers and swan scene décor.

Tankards will be plentiful. Top lots should include a 15-inch unmarked Prussia lily mold tankard with peacock Tiffany finish border with Potocka portrait décor and gold trim highlights; a 14-inch R.S. steeple mold 7 tankard with iridescent Tiffany background, gold highlights and figural décor; and a nice 11 3/4-inch R.S. Prussia icicle mold tankard with turkey scenic décor.

Additional tankards will include a 14 1/4 inch point and clover mold tall tankard with a dark green background and dice throwers scenic décor; a 13 1/4 inch carnation mold tall tankard with yellow, lavender and peach coloring and fall season portrait décor; and a carnation mold tall tankard with white and lavender satin finish and summer season portrait décor, 13 1/4 inches tall.

Vases will also be offered in abundance. Examples include a 9-inch Royal Vienna floral mold vase with iridescent Tiffany background, gold  highlights and medallion figural scenes; a 9 1/4 inch unmarked Prussia two-handled vase, strong cobalt blue with heavy gold and a Recamier portrait; and a 10 1/4-inch jewel mold two-handled vase in green tones with melon eater décor.

A pair of gorgeous mold no. 1 Royal Vienna two-handled vases will cross the block, each one 13 inches tall. Both are cobalt blue with gold stencil highlights. One vase has a lady with fan scenic décor, the other depicts a woman feeding chickens. Also sold will be a rare-sized 9 1/2-inch mold 456 water pitcher with peach background coloring and a great fall season portrait décor.

Bowls will feature a rare 10 1/2-inch mold 90 bowl with a cream center, blue domes, pink poppy décor and seasonal scenes; a fall season portrait berry set with 10 1/2-inch iris mold bowl and four 5 1/2-inch dishes; a 10 3/4-inch ribbon and jewel mold bowl with iridescent finish and melon eater scenic décor; and a mold 202 scalloped bowl with stag scenic décor and great finish.

Plate collectors will be impressed with the rare 10 1/4-inch Os Germany plate, boasting numerous scenes from the 1924 Olympics, fine gold with small rose highlights. Also offered will be an 11-inch mold 304 two-handled cake plate with four-scene décor (turkey, swan, pheasant and bluebird), and a 9 3/4-inch icicle mold two-handled cake plate with snowbird scenic décor.

Keyhole plates
are sure to wow the crowd. Keep an eye on the four magnificent 8 3/4-inch mold 343 plates, heavy gold with pink rose highlights and a Tiffany finish border. Each one has a seasonal portrait décor. And finally, tops among biscuit jars will be four 7-inch iris mold jars with colorful satin finishes and each one depicting one of the four seasons as its portrait décor.

There is no buyer’s premium at a Woody Auction, but a sales tax of 6.85 percent will be collected on all sales (bidders with a current sales tax number are exempt). Absentee bids will be accepted with a written statement indicating the amount of the bid. All absentee bids will be charged an additional 10 percent of the selling price, plus shipping, and must be received by noon, July 22. Bids may be faxed to 316-747-2145 or sent to info@woodyauction.com.

Woody Auction is always accepting quality consignments for future sales. To consign an item, an estate or a collection, you may call them at 316-747-2694. Or, you can e-mail them at info@woodyauction.com. To learn more about Woody Auction and the upcoming calendar of events, log on to www.woodyauction.com. ?

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R.S. Prussia 8 3/4 inch mold #343 keyhole plate with fall season portrait décor. Photos courtesy Woody Auction
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R.S. Prussia 8 3/4 inch mold #343 keyhole plate with winter season portrait décor.
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R.S. Prussia 8 3/4 inch mold #343 keyhole plate with summer season portrait décor.
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R.S. Prussia 8 3/4 inch mold #343 keyhole plate with spring season portrait décor.
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This exquisite 13 1/4-inch R.S. Prussia carnation mold tall tankard, decorated in a white and lavender satin finish is one of the exemplary pieces to cross the block July 24.

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