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Everything you should know about Yuan dynasty blue and white porcelain

  The Yuan dynasty (1271–1368) was a transitional age in the development of Chinese porcelain. As the Mongols invaded from the north, many potters fled south, contributing to the expansion of southern kilns. During this period, Jingdezhen (景德鎮) in Jiangxi Province became the center of porcelain production for the entire empire. Most representative of Yuan dynasty porcelain are the underglaze blue and underglaze red wares, whose designs painted beneath the glaze in cobalt blue or copper red, replaced the more sedate monochromes of the Song dynasty. Underglaze blue was to become one of the most representative types of decoration for Chinese porcelain, better known as blue-and-white (qinghua, 青花). At the same time, from the standpoint of the shape of the objects, Yuan dynasty porcelains became thick, heavy, and characterized by large size, transforming the refinement of Song dynasty shapes.

Blue and white porcelain is decorated with the blue pigment, usually from cobalt oxide, on shaped clean, white clay that is covered by a layer of transparent glaze and baked in a kiln at high temperatures. Producing of blue and white porcelain was found beginning in the Tang dynasty (618-907) , but it was not until the Yuan dynasty (1271-1368) that the art reached perfection. In the early 14th century, mass production of delicate and transparent blue and white porcelain started at Jingdezhen, usually called the “porcelain capital” of China.   Blue and white (qinghua, 青花) porcelain was first mass produced under the Yuan dynasty (1279–1368). Baked at a high temperature, porcelain is characterized by the purity of its kaolin clay body. Potters of the subsequent Ming dynasty (1368–1644)perfected these blue and white wares so that they soon came to represent the virtuosity of the Chinese potter. Jingdezhen (景德鎮), in Jiangxi Province, became the center of a porcelain industry that not only produced vast quantities of imperial wares, but also exported products as far afield as Turkey. While styles of decorative motif and vessel shape changed with the ascension to the throne of each new Ming emperor, the quality of Ming blue and whites are indisputably superior to that of any other time period. The true development of blue and white porcelain in China started in the first half of the 14th century, when it progressively replaced the century-long tradition of bluish-white porcelain, or Qingbai. The main center of production was in Jingdezhen, Jiangxi Province.    

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1.Everything you should know about Yuan dynasty  blue and white porcelain <<Splendors in Smalt:Art of Yuan Blue-and-white Porcelain Proceedings>>

Language: Chinese
Format: 26.4 x 19 x 2.4 cm
Page: 416
Publication Date: 11/2015
ISBN: 9787532576265
Everything you should know about Yuan dynasty  blue and white porcelain《幽蓝神采:元代青花瓷器特集》Splendors in Smalt: Art of Yuan Blue-and-white Porcelain You Lan Shen Cai: Yuandai Qinghua Ciqi Teji
上海博物馆 Shanghai MuseumShanghai Museum上海博物馆. 9 x 12″, 277 pp, text in Chinese with English abstracts, color plates, paper, Beijing, 2012. Item #44000 ISBN: 9787547904886 
Everything you should know about Yuan dynasty  blue and white porcelain
高安元代窑藏瓷器 The Porcelain from the Cellar of the Yuan Dynasty in Gao’an Gao’an Yuan Dai Yao Zang Ciqi 刘金成 Liu, Jincheng 5.5 x 8.25″, 185 pp., profusely illustrated, main text in Chinese with introduction and brief captions in English, paper, Beijing, 2006. Item #32727 ISBN: 7505414801 This book examines Yuan Dynasty Era porcelains that were found in 2 major caches in Jiangxi Province’s Gao’an County. After the discovery on November 29, 1980, much work has been done to date and preserve these cultural relics (239 of which were Yuan porcelains). Among those styles that were unearthed are: blue and white wares, underglazed red wares, egg-white glazed wares, and longquan wares.
Everything you should know about Yuan dynasty  blue and white porcelain
Everything you should know about Yuan dynasty  blue and white porcelainChinese Porcelain: An Export to the World 作者 Shirley Ganse 出版社 三聯書店(香港)有限公司(聯合電子) ISBN 9789620427534 出版日期 2008-01-01




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