Pottery Mark Query - Impressed Beehive With 1539 Date
by Barry Shuttleworth
I have a small - 2.75''high x 1.75''wide x 1.75'' deep - pottery container with CHA printed on it. It also has blue glazing which can be seen in the photo. On the bottom is the date Dec:1539. and a shield with 2 horizontal lines across. Wondered who made it.
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Reply by Peter (admin)
To:- Pottery Mark Query - Impressed Beehive With 1539 Date
Thanks for sharing your Beehive 1539 pottery mark.
The Beehive mark is a much copied mark, only ironically, the original is not a beehive at all, but the shield mark of Royal Vienna. The imitators mistook it for a beehive and tended to stamp it upside-down.
I have no idea what the date Dec 1539 refers to, but it may be a significant date for the city of Vienna. 1744 is the date the Royal Porcelain Manufactory of Vienna began production, closing in 1864. Their wares are priceless museum items.
Many makers in Austria, Germany, Japan and the Far east produced Royal Vienna type pottery and my guess is your maker is one of those.... complete with the original 'beehive' mark.... der!
Let's hope someone else comes across this listing who knows a bit more than me.
p.s. The following page is a 'must see' if you are researching fine china - for value and identification:-Researching the identity and value of antique and vintage fine china
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