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Ming Dynasty Blue and White Vase - PH.0234
Origin: China
Circa: 1500 AD to 1600 AD

Collection: Chinese Art
Style: Ming
Medium: Porcelain

Location: Great Britain
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This beautiful blue-and-white prestige porcelain vessel dates from the Ming Dynasty, yet also bears the classic markers of the Islamic Empire. This duality is explained by the important trade that flourished between these two groups during the fifteenth to seventeenth centuries, and the diplomatic exercises that allowed the networks to develop in the first instance. The vase is thoroughly detailed with imagery of nature and mythology, as seen with the dragon on the side.

The Ming Dynasty, which ruled China between the mid 14th and mid 17th centuries AD, is widely believed to be one of the most definitive and important in China’s long history. Arts and sciences flourished during this time. Advances were made in painting in addition to wood/ivory carving, jade-working, lacquer, and duotone (blue-white) ceramic design and decoration. The most prestigious pieces were presented as diplomatic gifts to Europe, Japan and Southeast Asia. Lesser works flooded the market as trade goods, giving rise to a global obsession with chinoiserie. The major production centers for porcelain items in the Ming Dynasty were Jingdezhen in Jiangxi province and Dehua in Fujian province. The Dehua porcelain factories catered to European tastes by creating Chinese export porcelain by the 16th century, often painting designs direct from bookplates, paintings or other illustrations in order to appeal to a wider European audience. The best items remained as prestigious diplomatic goods, however. - (PH.0234)


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