East India Company

Taking Tea

Chinese Ceramics, Pt 2 – Am Glad I Was Not Born Before Tea!

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With an assorted assemblage of porcelain wares being used for the tea ceremony in England imports of tea alone multiplied some forty times between 1723 and 1830

Ducai-Colours,-Ming-dynasty-1368-1644

Chinese Ceramics, Pt 1 – Knowledge Comes from Seeing Much

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Chinese ceramics became known to the wider world from the Tang Dynasty (618- 907) onward; the word ‘China’ eventually becoming the generic name for porcelain

Classic: Cargoes from Cathay

Classic: Cargoes from Cathay

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For centuries the Chinese traded with Asian islands and the trade spread to the Near East. Today the greatest collections of pre 1620 Chinese porcelains are in Eastern collections, particularly at Istanbul. During the Ming period 1368 – 1644 an entrepreneurial business class grew up in China and by the…