Emperor Kangxi

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

Nanking Wares

Nanking Wares

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Emperor Kangxi (1662-1722) of China was a patron of classical studies, a poet and calligrapher. In 1682 he ordered the reconstruction of the ceramic kilns at Jingdezhen, which had been partly destroyed during the early years of the dynasty. This was when Charles II (1630 – 1685) was on the…