CHONGZHEN. 1628 – 1644 or SHUNZHI 1644-1661. Blanc de Chine Porcelain.

An Unusual Transitional Blanc de Chine Porcelain Sleeve Vase c.1640 to 1650. This Very Thickly Potted 17th Century Vase is of a Form Rarely Encountered in Blanc de Chine Porcelain, However, the Form is Common Among Blue and White Transitional Porcelain of the Period c.1635 to 1645.


Height : 27 cm (10 1/2 inches)
Kerteux Anyiques, Juncal 1120, Buenos Aires, Argentina (before 1960). A Private Collection.
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The porcelain known in the West as Blanc de Chine was produced 300 miles south of the main Chinese kiln complex of Jingdezhen. The term refers to the fine grain white porcelain made at the kilns situated near Dehua in the coastal province of Fujian, these kilns also produced other types of porcelain. A rather freely painted blue and white ware, porcelain with brightly coloured 'Swatow' type enamels as well as pieces with a brown iron-rich glaze. However it is the white blanc de Chine wares that have made these kilns famous. The quality and colour achieved by the Dehua potters was partly due to the local porcelain stone, it was unusually pure and was used without kaolin being added. This, combined with a low iron content and other chemical factors within the body as well as the glaze, enabled the potters to produce superb ivory-white porcelain.