R S Prussia Porcelain Vase Roses

This vase is another fake decorated with the same 'blush' background and multi-color rose decal design, marked with the same spurious mark, as shown on Item ID: 2007RP00033, the Mustache Cup & Saucer, also listed in this shop. The mark is intended to suggest a Schlegelmilch porcelain mark, since it resembles the green wreath and star symbol placed on authentic R.S. Prussia porcelain. Page 194 of Mary Frank Gastons Collector's Encyclopedia of RS Prussia, Fourth Series, illustrates this particular false mark.

Though a nice and very attractive decorative item, the features of this vase are not of a quality level comparable to the very fine quality characteristics displayed by authentic R.S. Prussia porcelain. These types of fake decorative vessels generally only succeed in mimicking true Schlegelmilch porcelain. Nefarious sellers will suggest they are selling RS Prussia, even if they know this is not true, because selling as 'authentic and old' means the seller can garner a huge profit on a $20 vase (or similar wholesale priced new item), which they can then also easily replace in inventory - and sell again.

Be sure to study the transfer design on this larger piece. This rose design is common on many different types of new contemporary fake items that were made specifically to appeal to various different collectors, in niche specific shapes. Expect to find these 'blush background multi-color roses' on everything from vases, hat pin holders and bowl and pitcher sets to covered cheese dishes and beyond. The decal design is the same, being merely re-sized to fit the different types of pieces. The 'blush' background may vary slightly and colors may seem bold or pastel, thus slightly different, depending on the item. But the transfer is really always the same, with very similar basic color scheme, overall. Once you familiarize yourself with it a false piece will suddenly become very easy to recognize, regardless of whatever 'maker's mark' it might bear underneath. Expect to find the same decal design on articles marked with other, different, false marks, too. They were not always marked only with a false 'RS Prussia' mark but may be marked as if 'Nippon,' 'Limoges' or made by some other similarly highly collected maker.

Often items with this rose transfer design are described, too, as 'hand-painted.' But, look closely at the leaves and other details because the telltale signs of stippling will be seen. Those denote a transfer print. A jeweler's loupe can help to determine more quickly the exact nature of decorations such as these on porcelain surfaces.

The thick appearance of the foot rim and the lack of translucence of the porcelain body are other sure signs of lack of authenticity. This and many other recent fakes imported by wholesale reproduction houses all too often are eventually sold later to unsuspecting collectors as authentic R.S. Prussia items. Others who have not handled sufficient numbers of authentic articles to be able to quickly know them by body and decoration alone may honestly mistake false items for the real thing because the specious mark alone is used to incorrectly 'identify' a piece.

This example is 7 inches tall.

Item ID: 2007RP000159

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