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True Porcelain - A Puzzle
 
French Soft- paste porcelain plate, 17th century
Netherlandish Soft paste porcelain, 17th to 18th century
 
When Chinese porcelain came to Europe, the whiteness, strength and translucency of porcelain fascinated European ceramists. Because the secret of porcelain was very well kept by the Chinese, European ceramists experimented with many different materials trying to achieve the effect of Chinese porcelains, such as white slips or white-tin glaze on earthen ware. The Kings and nobles of Europe also enthusiastically involved themselves in the manufacturing of porcelain like ceramics. They developed soft paste porcelain with fine clay and glasslike substances which were fired at lower temperatures than true porcelain. Eventually around 1709, a German alchemist named Johann Friedrich Bsttger discovered the secret of true porcelain. 
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