CHONGZHEN or SHUNZHI 1627 – 1661 Blanc de Chine Porcelain
A Late Ming or Early Qing Blanc de Chine Porcelain Vase, Dehua Kilns, Fujian Province. This 17th Century Baluster Form Vase has a Small Flattened Rim with a Pair of Ill-Formed Taotie Masks from the Widest Point. The Recessed Unglazed Base is Supported on a Slender Waisted Stem. The Base with an Old Faded Collection Label.
- Perfect, some kiln-grit to the side of the base.
- Height : 10.6 cm (4 1/4 inches)
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Blanc de Chine Porcelain :
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.