It has been produced from the Ming dynasty — to the present day. Large quantities arrived in Europe as Chinese export porcelain in the early 18th century and it was copied at Meissen and elsewhere. It was also exported to Japan in large quantities. The area along the Fujian coast was traditionally one of the main ceramic exporting centers.
Dating Vienna Porcelain Marks: Bindenschild & Beehive Mark -
Here, we present a series of extracts on important auctions with a royal theme. Marie-Louise, Archduchess of Austria, niece of Marie Antoinette, second wife of Napoleon and mother of his son, the King of Rome, is as unpopular today in France as she was two centuries ago. Indeed, many blamed her for contributing to his downfall. A 19th century sapphire and diamond tiara. Sold for SFr. The provenance in the catalogue mentions Marie-Louise, although the composite style of the jewels suggests that certain elements may have been remounted at various times.
However, the Vienna Porcelain Bindenschild the shield not a beehive , incorporated in Vienna marks is a symbolic rendition of the center of the Coat-of-Arms of the Royal Habsburg family of Austria. The Bindenschild is how the Vienna mark should be referred to and it should always be properly aligned as a shield. Between and , the Vienna Porcelain pieces destined for the Austrian court were distinguised by a special Bindenschild shield mark in underglaze blue. From to the last two figures of the year were impressed and from the last three figures. Most imitations of the Vienna Porcelain Mark display the shield upside down making it appear like a beehive.
Somewhere along the line, the mark was viewed upside down and a beehive was born. So should you describe the mark as a beehive and call this porcelain Royal Vienna? The mark does look much more like a beehive than a shield to the average person, but correct is correct, right? Well, not if you want to sell a piece through an ad or in the online marketplace.