Jingdezhen

Ming Magic

Ming Magic

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The description of the manufacture of porcelain written in 1713, by French Jesuit priest Father D’Entrecolles, resident in Peking, describes the seeming magic connected with the firing of blue and white porcelain. ‘A beautiful blue colour appears on the porcelain after having been lost for some time. When the colour…

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…