It was well organized and contained a good variety of the styles and characteristics of RS Prussia.
All four volumes are needed to identify pieces, although Ms.
I'm not even sure if the pictures of designs and shapes is comprehensive. Much information and photo contributions were made available for Vol 3 that there wasn't room for. Prussia china to reference when I bought this book. I can dream a little dream and imagine finding a portrait bowl or vase at a small town flea market for next to nothing..then I can look up its worth and smile as I place my prize in the china cabinet ( a coveted possession NOT for resale!
And while I understand (correctly, I hope) that items marked Prussia were for American export rather than Suhl for other exports, there wasn't one mark in the book with Prussia. Vol four continues the advancement of knowledge of R. So this book picked up where Volume 3 left off, and contains previously un-published Prussia items This 288 page book has extended information about R. Prussia,and includes the pricing for all items as of 1997. And this book continues with in-dept knowledge, and beautiful photo's of items & marks, Okay- I admit it.
Gem is a dazzling visual guide to precious stones, organic gems, and precious metals that weaves together beautiful, specially commissioned images and science, natural history, mythology, and true stories of adventure and discovery. I am very impressed with the beautiful pictures and in depth information presented in this book. There is not a picture of the red and green RS Prussia wreath with RS inside the wreath and Prussia underneath..
Learn more | See related books As a new collector of R. Prussia I found this book to be an excellent reference. I know there are fakes with this mark, but is there a genuine mark of this description? I teach an antique porcelain class and found it useful to gain expertise quickly.
Gaston provides a shape guide to help date pieces not pictured.
What I'd like to see in the next book is 1) clarification on how the marks were made, i.e., printed over or under glaze, 2) the types of glazes used (and were pieces refired) 3)repeat of history with changes incorporated, verses the new and updated info section. I'm not questioning whether the book is authoritative or accurate.
The "RS" in RS Prussia stands for Reinhold Schlegelmilch, owner of a German factory that produced decorative molded porcelain from the end of the 19th century through World War I.
When it was produced, the porcelain commanded high prices; today, depending on the piece, you can still pay between a few hundred and several thousand dollars.
But as one who is trying to better understand a handful of pieces I own, it was not useful.
I'm confident my marks are authentic, and they are in the book. The section on Mold Revisions made no sense, and there was no introduction to help my interpretation.
It's detailed description and beautiful pictures of the different molds, decorations and marks was very helpful. This book is successfully used by appraisers, dealers, collectors and teachers.
I know there are a lot of "fake" pieces on the market and this book is proving to be an invaluable guide for me. I have read many porcelain books, and this one was one of the easiest to read and understand.