RS Prussia Porcelain
R. S. Prussia porcelain was produced by Reinhold Schlegelmilch from his factory in Suhl, modern day Germany.
History & Description
Reinhold Schlegelmilch manufactured a range of porcelain products from the late 1800s through to World War I and was noted for innovations in the decoration and manufacture of porcelain.
His products were renowned for being among the best made in Europe, particularly those manufactured between 1900 and 1905. These pieces are marked R. S. Prussia in red lettering surrounded by a green wreath and remain the most recognised and popular products with collectors.
Products made after 1910 are commonly referred as R. S. Germany, owing to a change in trademark; however, both marks are universally acknowledged with collectors and dealers to be R. S. Prussia products.
The factory is still in operation today, but their main product is china dinnerware.
Guide for collectors
Although the most common pieces feature floral patterns, the most valuable depict landscapes, classical themes, animals and portraits. As with most popular and expensive antiques, there are numerous reproductions circulating that are being passed off as genuine R. S. Prussia pieces. These replicas can be identified by collectors due to their thick porcelain, decaled decorations and incomplete marks.
Restoration is recommended but only if there are noticeable signs of damage.
Notable auction sales
On February 23rd 2008 at Richard D. Hatch & Associates in Flat Rock, North Carolina, a rare 13” tall porcelain tankard featuring animal decoration, realised a price of $3,750.
On July 14th 2004 at Dallas Auction Gallery in Dallas, Texas, a rare 8 piece set of bowls and trays featuring scenic decoration, realised a price of $3,750.
On February 21st 2009 at Richard D. Hatch & Associates, a rare 8 piece set of bowls and trays featuring scenic decoration, realised a price of $2,200.
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