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PORCELAIN, POLYCHROME CHINESE EXPORT - TYPE INDEX


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Type Name:
PORCELAIN, POLYCHROME CHINESE EXPORT
Category:
PORCELAIN
Production Origin:
CHINA
Production Date Range:
1680-1850
Defining Attributes:
White, thin, highly vitreous paste that is smooth and translucent.

Background glaze is well bonded to the paste, white or bluish-white in color, lustrous, and with little evidence of imperfection.

Decorated with opaque overglaze enamels and gilding in a variety of colors, including multiple shades of green, pink, blue, red, black, plum orange and yellow.

Design motifs usually include floral elements combined with animals, birds, insects, geometric designs, symbols and figures. Motifs are detailed and finely executed.

Vessel Forms:
BOWL
CUP
PLATE
SAUCER
TEA POT
Comments:
This category of Chinese porcelain encompasses a variety of color palettes and motif themes, some of which can be more narrowly dated. The "Famille Rose" palette (Specimen # 2532), is distinguished by itís predominantly floral design featuring clear, bright, pink roses detailed in white, and dates between ca. 1720 and 1850. The "Famille Vert" pallete is distinguished by its decoration made up predominantly of several shades of bright, light green, and dates between about 1680 and 1780. The blue-dotted zoomorphic element in Specimen # 33 is characteristic of the 1820-1840 period.
Published Definitions:
Mudge 1986; Nadler 2001