Blue and White
Blue and White
Porcelain is probably the most celebrated of all Ceramic Art styles ever produced
-- or at least the continuing outrageous enthusiasm of auction
buyers gives this impression.
as "Qinghua" in China, the style was well developed by the
Yuan Dynasty (1271 - 1368) but became world famous during the Ming
Dynasty (1368 - 1644). Even today, many people use the terms
"Ming" "Blue and White" synonymously.
The decorative style became the standard for
Imperial Porcelain production in China and was much revered throughout Southeast Asia and the Middle-East because of vast trade networks existing since ancient times.
western affection for Blue and White Porcelain began in 1603 when the
Dutch East India Company sent a single ship to Amsterdam with a load of
the "Chinese White Gold." It was sold for a colossal profit
and the rest of Europe soon caught on. The affection for Blue and White
Porcelain continues relentlessly today.
center of production of Underglaze Blue Ceramics in China was Jingdezhen
in Jianxi Province. It
was here that ample raw materials (such as 2 mountains of white kaolin
clay) were available.
Chinese potters developed the technique of painting blue cobalt
oxide on white clay and spraying a coating of clear glaze over top.
When heated in a kiln at high temperature, the ceramic and its decoration can remain in mint condition for centuries even if buried underwater or
imperial kilns in the Jingdezhen area were important, other locations
such as Shantou (Swatow), Dehua and other parts of Fujian province also
produced tradeware Porcelain that is found throughout Southeast Asia.
with Floral Scroll Design
CERAMIC ARTIFACT #bw-007608
large and magnificent Blue and White Ewer with cover features rich
floral motifs of lotus, peonies and chrysanthemums covering the entire
surface. The lobed body has 3 floral scroll designs; one of each
flower type. The neck has stiff plantain leaves and lotus petal
panels. The spout is covered with a lotus scroll and handle with a
classic scroll. Near the foot are lotus petal panels with more
lotus designs. The design on the top cover mimics exactly the
3-lobed floral motif of the main body. It is a beautiful piece in
mint physical condition.
was produced in China,
probably in the city of Jingdezhen of Jiangxi province. It was
brought to Southeast Asia as a valuable trade-good by an ancient Chinese
or Spanish trading
ship. After many centuries,
the piece was rediscovered by excavators and subsequently acquired by The Chalre Collection through a registered dealer.
Dynasty (1368 - 1644).
Width or Depth: 33
or identical artifacts are found in various Ceramic Art publications.
Some of these include: Blue and White Wares Found in the
Philippines, Chinese Ceramics,
and White Porcelain, Blue and White Chinese Porcelain
Other similar or identical examples can be found in publications dealing
specifically with ancient shipwrecks excavations. Good examples
At Sea: The Lena Shoal Junk and The
Pearl Road: Tales of Treasure Ships.
items are also on display at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London
(UK), the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco (USA), the National Museum
of Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur), the National Museum of the Philippines
throughout the world with diverse collections of Asian ceramics.