Searching for Porcelain & Pottery
A series of new pottery vases has been found with copies of RS Germany marks. The original Reinhold Schlegelmilch, or RS mark, was used on good quality porcelain manufactured in Germany from 1912 to 1945. The new marks are being found on poor quality pottery vases which are not true porcelain.
Looking down in the vase, the lower third is not glazed.
There are a number of new ceramic reamers on the market that could easily confuse uneducated collectors and dealers. The new Hall China and new Red Wing Pottery reamers could prove especially troublesome if they have been slightly altered by unethical sellers.
A new biscuit jar has been found loosely imitating the iridescent glazed fantasy designs introduced by Wedgwood 1915 as Fairyland Lustre. Its characteristic fairy themes painted in bright colors outlined in gold was developed by Wedgwood artist Daisy Makeig-Jones. Original vintage Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre was produced from 1915 through 1932.
An American firm in Connecticut, East Knoll Pottery, is producing a fairly extensive line of new Mocha-decorated yellow ware. New shapes include pitchers, bowls, and specialty forms such as a batter bowl and colander. Retail prices range from $22-$45.
Portmeirion Potteries of Staffordshire, England, has recently begun making a line of Victorian styled jugs (pitchers) from original molds.
Roseville reproductions have been in the market since 1996 and continue to cause problems. Although the reproductions have been widely reported, dealers as well as collectors continue to be victimized by the fakes. The new Freesia wall pocket above, for example, was purchased by a husband and wife team with considerable experience.
Here's an interesting new example with what the owner thought was an old, dated mark. The mark was first thought to include the date 1888. On closer inspection, though, the date was actually 1988.
Since the mid1990s there have been a wide number of faked Nippon marks appearing on new porcelain.
When we saw these pieces in a photo, we thought, how unusual, millefiori shakers. The description that accompanied the photograph said they were, "...inspired by the beautiful millefiori trade beads made in Venice in the 16th and 17th centuries..." Apparently, it was Venetians who discovered how to make colorful plastic because that's what these pieces are made of - bits of swirled plastic.