This example is another new fake in the form of an egg-shaped porcelain lidded container. These types of items are often identified as trinket, vanity or dresser boxes. This example features in a reserve on a cobalt blue ground a pastoral scene of a man and woman sitting on a log in the countryside. There is liberal application of bright gold and the base is marked with a laurel leaf device with star, intended to hint that this may be Schlegelmilch porcelain, or an R S Prussia piece. A buyer might assume it had somehow gotten badly stamped with that maker's mark at manufacture. Rest assured, that was not the case. The mark seen was applied purposefully to be notably lacking in any mention of a specific maker or country, 'Prussia' or otherwise.
The omission of any initials or text does not help prevent a novice mistake from possibly being made. Many recent fakes imported by wholesale reproduction houses are all too often eventually sold later to the unsuspecting as 'authentic' R.S. Prussia items. If a potential buyer has not handled sufficient numbers of authentic articles to be able to quickly know them by body or decoration, they may mistakenly buy false items for the real thing because a specious mark was all that was used to incorrectly 'identify' a piece. Some sellers will suggest they are indeed selling RS Prussia even if they know this is not true. Why? Because selling as 'authentic and old' can mean garnering a huge profit on an item purchased new at a wholesale price of only a few dollars, and which they can also easily replace in inventory - to sell again and again.
This item measures 5 3/4 inches by 3 3/4 inches.
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