• Chinese Porcelain: Production and Export

    Chinese Porcelain: Production and Export

    Porcelain was first produced in China around 600 C.E. The skillful transformation of ordinary clay into beautiful objects has captivated the imagination of people throughout history and across the globe. Chinese ceramics, by far the most advanced in the world, were made for the imperial court, the domestic market, or for export.   What is porcelain?   The Chinese use the word ci to...
  • Chinese Porcelain: Decoration

    Chinese Porcelain: Decoration

    Chinese porcelain decoration : underglaze blue and red Though Chinese potters developed underglaze red decoration during the Yuan dynasty (1279-1368 C.E.), pottery decorated in underglaze blue was produced in far greater quantities, due to the high demand from Asia and the Islamic countries of the Near and Middle East. Painting with underglaze red was more difficult than underglaze blue: the copper oxide used as the...