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Author: Unknown
Origin: Jingdezhen Kilns, China
Dating: 17th century (Qing Dynasty, Kangxi period)
Material: Porcelain
Dimensions (cm): 74,8 x Ø 47,9
Inv. no.: PD0495

For many centuries, China produced blue and white porcelain which, however, only reached Europe in scarce quantities. It was only with the opening of important sea routes by the Portuguese, in the 15th century, and through the creation of companies specialising in trade between Europe and the Orient, that Chinese porcelain gradually began to flood European markets.

Its quality and decoration uniqueness always charmed the wealthiest Europeans who acquired it for utilitarian or decorative use, sometimes ordering its decoration with western motifs. The appeal of porcelain led Europeans to search for its secrets, which were “rediscovered” in 18th century Germany.

Porcelain emerged, in China, between the 6th and 7th centuries, as an improvement of stoneware – obtained due to the use of a plastic clay (kaolin) fired at high temperatures (+1200 ºC or +2192 ºF).

It began to be produced in the Tang dynasty (618-906), having developed intensely in the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) with the discovery of kaolin. It reached perfection in the mid-14th century.

Objeto museológico (PDB)