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Porcelain

Porcelain

Porcelain

With a long history of more than 3000 years, Chinese Porcelain is one of the earliest exports along the Silk Road. And it has been enjoying a good reputation around the world. China is the home of porcelain and favored by foreigners, so they call porcelain to be” china” to express their feelings of love and respect. Blending the soul of Chinese painting with delicate designs, porcelain is one of the brilliant gems of Chinese handicrafts.

Developed on the basis of mature technique of pottery-making, the Chinese porcelain can be traced back to the Shang Dynasty. As well known, the Tang Dynasty is the prosperity of Chinese feudal society. At that time, silk, tea and porcelain were the main exports which made great contribution to the economy and strengthened communication of Chinese culture. With the development of the export trade in the Tang Dynasty, a wide range of porcelain was produced including tea sets, tableware, wine vessels, musical instruments, ornaments and more.

Stepping into the Song Dynasty, the Chinese porcelain production reached into its pinnacle. The five best-known kilns were appeared at that time including the Ru, Guan, Ge, Ding and Jun kilns. The Guan, Ru and Jun kilns were all located in Henan province and with high collection value for they are rare and distinctive. Especially, the porcelain Produced by Jun Kiln were exclusively used by imperial family. No matter how rich common people, they had no rights to use it.

Known as China’s capital of porcelain, Jingdezhen is world-famous. Acclaimed to be a gem in treasure house of art in the world, the Blue and White Ware is one of the best known products of Jingdezhen, in addition to Fencai ware, Linglong ware and color ware. Blue and White wares were produced in the Yuan Dynasty, which are white porcelain with blue painted under the glaze, featuring elegant patterns and graceful Chinese paintings. The most popular patterns on Chinese Blue and White wares include the Dragon and the Phoenix Bring Prosperity, Lion and Balls, The Four Most Delightful Experiences a Man May Have in His Life, Playing Children, Fishing and The Buffalo Boy. These patterns not only display beautiful Chinese painting but also the profound Chinese culture. In Chinese culture, dragons symbolize emperors while phoenixes are symbol of empresses. Wares with such patterns were common in imperial family.

Thanks to its elegant appearances and distinctive designs, Chinese porcelains are ideal decorations for houses, halls, meeting rooms, companies, hotels. Some famous porcelain has high collection values and fascinated by collectors at home and abroad.


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