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PORCELAIN, POWDER BLUE - TYPE INDEX


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Type Name:
PORCELAIN, POWDER BLUE
Category:
PORCELAIN
Production Origin:
CHINA
Production Date Range:
1700-1750
Defining Attributes:


White, thin, highly vitreous paste that is smooth and translucent.

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

Exterior is covered in a deep blue glaze that contains specks of black, giving it a "powdered" appearance

Most examples have an overglaze enamel design painted in gold, but this is usually worn off, leaving only iridescent "tracks" on the surface.

Overglaze motifs include scrolls and floral elements.

Vessel Forms:
BOWL
CUP
PLATE
SAUCER
Comments:
This ware is sometimes called 'blown blue', because it was blown onto the porcelain in powder form, through a bamboo tube with a silk screen at one end.
Published Definitions:
Carswell 1985, Deagan 1987, Kuwayama 1997