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Cobalt Blue - Imported Pigment
Ming Plate with "Celestial Dragon", 1573-1620
This Blue and White porcelain was made in the late Ming Dynasty. The charm of the color contrast was one reason that Chinese Blue and White porcelains were so popular. Chinese used blue and white color combinations on pottery as early as 4,500 years ago, however it became the main palate when the superior quality cobalt blue from Persia was introduced in Yuan Dynesty (1260 - 1368 A.D.). Although this encounter does not fit into European's influence in China, it is a very important and strong evidence for understanding the impact of foreign techniques on Chinese ceramic development.
Famille Rose - European Pink Palette
Famille Rose Porcelain Plate, 1723-36
Pink enamel was originally produced from colloidal gold and invented by Andreas Casssius of Leyden in the mid-seventeenth century. It was a feature of late 17th century watch cases and South German tin-glazed pottery. When the watch cases and potteries were brought to China, Chinese ceramists adopted the pink color scheme. The Jesuits in the Chinese imperial court assisted in perfecting the technique. Famille Rose then became very popular during the reign of Yongzhen (1723 - 1735 A.D.).
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