Ming Porcelain

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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

Chinese Ming Porcelains

Chinese Ming Porcelains

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Chinese history seems a little obscure to people in the west, however its art and trade wares have attracted a great fascination, particularly since Roman times. Arabian writers speak of fleets of large Chinese junks in the Persian Gulf as early as the ninth century. Her reputation for being inscrutable…

Ming Magic

Ming Magic

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A description of the manufacture of porcelain in 1713 by French Jesuit priest Father D’Entrecolles, a resident in Peking, relates 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 is first painted on, it…

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…