Dating: 18th century
Dimensions (cm): 35 x Ø 27,5
Inv. no.: PD0423
A bowl, decorated in blue and white, with a lid topped by a chimera.
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.