DOUGLASS, Kan. – Part 1 of the lifetime collection of R.S. Prussia antique porcelain from the late John and Lavaun Headlee of Illinois – nearly all the pieces in the rare cobalt blue color – will be sold at public auction on Saturday, May 26, by Woody Auction starting at 9:30 a.m. Central Time. It will be an absolute auction, with no reserves. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
The Headlees were beloved members of the R.S. Prussia Collectors Club, and word quickly spread that their 40-year collection focused almost exclusively on cobalt blue examples. “An auction with just 10 percent cobalt blue pieces is special, but the Headlee collection – and this is just Part 1 – features over 99 percent cobalt blue in this exquisite sale,” said Jason Woody of Woody Auction.
Woody added, “Not only the color, but the condition of the gold and overall scenery was especially important to the Headlees. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend one of the finest single collections of R.S. Prussia ever brought to auction.”
Two unmarked chocolate sets are also expected to get paddles waving. One has an 11¾-inch pot, cobalt blue with a stylized carnation décor and gold stencil highlights, six rare demitasse-size cups and six saucers (above). The other consists of a 9 ¼ inch medallion mold pot, cream with a large medallion portrait of Lebrun, and four matching cups and saucers with Renaissance portraits (below).
R.S. Prussia cobalt blue bowls will be offered in abundance. A carnation mold example, yellow and cobalt blue with pink and yellow rose décor and gold stencil highlights, is possibly the finest 15-inch bowl Woody Auction has ever offered. Three other stippled mold bowls, having cobalt blue borders with strong gold trim and gold stencil, show (one each) scenes of winter, fall and summer.
A berry set marked R.S. Prussia comprising a 10-inch master bowl, cobalt blue with a carnation décor and gold stencil highlights, with six 5 ½ inch matching berry dishes, is just one of the lovely sets in the auction. Another is a three-piece tea set featuring a 5-inch-tall pot with matching creamer and sugar, cobalt blue with a stylized carnation décor and strong stencil highlights.
A 10-inch carnation mold chocolate pot will be sold, cobalt blue with a carnation décor, boasting excellent gold stencil and gold trim. Also offered will be an unmarked 12-inch Royal Vienna two-handled vase (Mold 2), cobalt blue, with a scene of a woman feeding chickens.
Rounding out just some of the sale’s expected top lots are an 11¾-inch plate marked R.S. Prussia, stipple mold, with a fall season portrait décor having poppy highlights, a cobalt blue border and extensive gold stenciling – a magnificent piece; and an 11½-inch-tall marked Royal Vienna tankard with a figural tulip handle, cobalt blue with a portrait of a young peasant girl wearing a hat.
For details contact Woody Auction via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 316-747-2694.