Chinese blue and white porcelain has always been a favorite with collectors, but we need to go to the long history of China to find the beginning of blue and white’s popularity. It was as early as the 9th century when the first or, prototype blue and white was fired during the Tang dynasty.
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But we need to fast forward to the early 14th century when the production of fine translucent blue and white porcelain began at the Imperial kilns at Jingdezhen. Jingdezhen was sometimes known as the porcelain capital of China, although at this time and for the following 300 years, it in fact was the porcelain capital of the world, as it was not until the early 18th century that porcelain began to be experimentally made in Saxony.
It was Persia which originally supplied the “Persian blue” to the Chinese porcelain makers; it was, of course, cobalt oxide which put the blue in blue and white! Cobalt was one of the valuable commodities traded along the famous Silk Road and was of such importance to the Chinese that it was traded for bolts of pure silk.
The great European love affair with Chinese blue and white was started by the Portuguese in the 16th century. It was eventually taken over by the Dutch who were the great shippers of Chinese ceramics to the West. The love affair still retains its passion with blue and white still as popular as ever.
The Antique and Vintage Table Lamp Co currently have a choice range of antique, Chinese, blue and white table lamps as single lamps or pairs.
You are invited to visit their web site at www.antiquelampshop.com
Please remember that The Antique & Vintage Table Lamp Co ship lamps, ready wired for the U.S, the U.K and Australia.
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Maurice Robertson, principal of The Antique and Vintage Table Lamp Co , has had a lifetime’s association with antique porcelain and pottery. From an early age he recalls picking up tea cups, looking for the mark on the base, discerning the maker.
His long experience with antique ceramics and glass also includes dealing with leading museums and numerous international private collections.