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Porcelain – Fragile Luxury

Sunday, 30 January 2011

porcelainPorcelain is the luxury fragile thing created from white clay, quartz and other various components. No other family collection can do without the delicate china tea set that highlights the peculiar taste and style of the hostess. Collectors of the whole world are really hunting rare figurines of animals and flowers, and pictures of people or myth heroes glazed. Every work of art of the thinnest porcelain is the unique design and beauty which keeps the particle of soul and skills of every master.

In spite of fragility, china has undergone sea changes throughout centuries, epochs of rulers and fashion tendencies. The recipe of china production was invented by the Chinese masterswho lived in early VII century. During the reign of the Tang dynasty the china tableware wonthe special popularity for the beauty and access to ordinary people. The china of jade color and that of the night sky replaced golden bowls and silver dishes with an ease. Andporcelain started its travel around the world too quickly. A huge number of tea and coffee sets, vases and other various figurines won the hearts of people in Muslim countries and then china spread to other continents. With the higher demand to china ware, the Chinese craftsmen invented more delicate design and shape for their works, more additional colors were added like white and blue with ornamental patterns depicting dragons or lotus blooming.

Europe did not pass by the Chinese works of art though the production secret of such an unusual material was not revealed throughout many centuries. And only in early XVIII century two entrepreneurial scientists in Saxony managed to obtain the solution which resembled the subtle Chinese porcelain after it is burnt. Later on, that porcelain was called European though it was more rigid and as a result, the flexibility of details and smoothness of ready-made lines could not be reached as the Chinese did. However, the works were done to reveal the secret and at the same time new kinds of porcelain were created and improved known as European white, jasper or red.

In 1708 the first porcelain manufactures were opened in Dresden. And thirty two years later Russia got fame for its first Imperial China Factory in Petersburg that made china ware for members of royal families and higher officials. The exclusive works of art appeared in family collections made from white and red china with and without glazing.

Throughout the XVIII century the china manufactures and studios spread around the world to produce china ware differed in the technique of production and the unique design.

First china items were the bowls for green tea and dishes for rice and fruits. Later on, craftsmen manufactured gorgeous vases painted in intricate Chinese ornaments and tea sets for tea ceremonies in Japanese homes. The modern china ware production is amazing for its diversity. It is able to meet any requirements and tastes to collect the products of other reputed designers and artists at home.

All amateurs of china ware are aware of the works of Czech and German craftsmen. Meissen Porcelain Backstamps & Mark, the manufacturers from Germany with the three hundred history produce expensive hand-made china ware of high demand. Thecheapest cup is priced for $150 USD.

The style of Italian craftsmen is too recognizable in the world and their table ware known as maiolica presented with the pearl luster of the gold, with some rich ruby shine or sometimes incrusted with the scratched sgraffito pattern, heraldic animals and floristic elements.

Many French and Japanese manufactures produce elite china ware. So, Medard De Noblat is known for its Limoges porcelain worthy to be with royal families. And the famous bone china by Japonica is astonishing with its absolute whiteness and unique design.

Use of china is too popular and sometimes it is surprising that some items can be done from such a fragile material.

Thus, the Rosenthal Company from Italy from the end of the XIX century is involved in manufacture of the fire-place and table watches with the case wholly done from china painted by the reputed designers specially invited for this purpose. The price of such masterpieces sometimes rose to hundredth thousand dollars.

The famous jeweler of the past, Karl Faberge, used the china cover for most of his works, including trunks, boxes, various figurines and Easter eggs, surely. Faberge Easter eggs incrusted with nacre, precious stones and decorated with gold and silver are deemed as the costly china ware in the world. And this specially refers to the gift items made for Russian Emperors. So, the egg Lily-of-the-valley from the collection belonging to Alexandra Fedorovna, the wife to Nikolay II, resembling the painted pink egg inside the bouquet of May flowers with small white blossom cluster which absolutely resemble the pearl beads on silver threads.

Various figurines and compositions refer to the items to be collected which are manufactured by the world brands, including amazing china dolls. The statues of the German Company Vieux Herend and the Italian Porcellane Principe are known to be highly demanded. The figurines include the images of gracious girls and noble ladies of baroque epoch, various animals and flowers. The cost of single item comes to several hundreds thousand dollars, leaving apart vintage and antique items which are worth to be sold for millions of dollars. As for porcelain dolls, rare dolls made by French, German and Russian manufactures in the early XX century are of high demand. The exclusive works of craftsmen which made and still make dolls with faces resembling their future owners which is too incredible and amazing. Such works are too costly depending on the complicity of works and reputation of craftsmen.

No one could imagine that porcelain can be exceedingly close to people for many years and still be invisible. And the same happened in one of cities in Uruguay in the house of the doctor Emilio Pense, when the gold toilet sink was found there. The expertise showed that the item was the authentic golden toilet sink from 1887 fully made from porcelain coated with Chinese ink. There are only three copies of that item in the world, including this one. And this is interesting that the home dwellers used that sanitary ware for the immediate purpose for the whole hundred years and who never guesses of the price that was up to million dollars.

Мariella di Gregorio, the modern designer from Italy, has come with the idea to revive the splinters of old luxury china cups, tea pots and dishes. She created the collection of jewelry based upon the thoroughly gathered painted splinters and these amazing pendants on golden chain and leather laces, bracelets and earrings are loved by many today. The splinters are not dangerous to health and it is impossible to get injured by them since Мariella employed the special technique of fragile details fastening to metal which is more attractive for jewels.

Porcelain is the implausible blend of fragility and amazing beauty, tender lavishness and feeling of holiday.

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