How to Locate Old Royal Vienna China

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How to Locate Old Royal Vienna China
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Royal Vienna china is the common name for the valuable and rare china produced by the Imperial and Royal Porcelain Manufactory, located in Vienna, Austria, from 1718 to 1864. This china requires some sleuthing to find, but it is still possible to acquire pieces of Royal Vienna china.

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    Search for Royal Vienna china on eBay. The listings will usually be under category menus "Pottery and China," "Pottery, Porcelain & Glass" or "Antiques."

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    Search on eBay Canada and eBay United Kingdom under categories "Pottery and China," "Pottery, Porcelain & Glass" and "Antiques." The United Kingdom is closer to the original Royal Vienna factory and may have more offerings.

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    Do a search for Royal Vienna china on the Pottery and Glass website. Their listings contain a collection of Royal Vienna china from various auction websites.

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    Search the "Classifieds" section of the Antiques website for Royal Vienna china. Particularly look in the category "Antique Plates and Chargers."

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    Identify the china you are looking at as genuine.

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    Look for Royal Vienna china at local antique glass and pottery stores, particularly ones that specialise in rare pieces of china.

Tips and warnings

  • A real piece of Royal Vienna China will not say "Royal Vienna" on it, and the "beehive" mark will always be in blue or impressed into the china underneath the final glaze.
  • Beware of counterfeit Royal Vienna china and misleading or misinformed sellers who claim their wares are Royal Vienna china. Real Royal Vienna is rare; it can be identified by a hand-drawn, unsymmetrical "beehive" mark on the underside of the china (so called because it looks like an upside-down beehive).
  • Many quality counterfeit pieces of china are called "Royal Vienna" because they copy the style of the original china, but they are not authentic Royal Vienna china.

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