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 term that rules will always be what collectors recognize, especially when it comes to buying and selling.
And in this case, people associate Royal Vienna with what they reference as the beehive mark.
Founded in 1635, De Porceleyne Fles (The Porcelain Jar) is the Netherland's most famous delft factory.
Most visits to the city of Delft include a factory tour of this great company.
At the end of the 1600s, companies began producing Delftware in both Ireland and England, known as English Delft.
The maker's mark is a JT, underneath which reads the word Delft accompanied by the date code, artist's initials and style number.Delftware is used in reference either to the tin-glazed earthenware produced by several factories in Delft, Holland, in response to and in emulation of the massive importation to, and subsequent popularity throughout Europe of oriental porcelain begun in 1602 by the Dutch East India Company or to the maiolica / faience styled ware produced in Delft prior to 1602.Characteristic of delftware pottery are the multiple glazings, and, in particular, the final low-temperature transparent lead glaze giving a brilliant sheen to the otherwise (quasi-inherited/emulated traditions of) maiolica/faience/oriental porcelain-like undercoating.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.In spite of this, Delft Blue achieved unrivalled popularity, and at its peak, there were 33 factories in Delft.