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What the porcelain can be?

Sunday, 09 November 2008

porcelainI want to have a porcelain set ... It should be thin as a nymphs sigh, transparent, as a teardrop of child, tender as cloud and weightless like the idea. Porcelain. What makes it the miracle? Is it possible to classify, drive this imponderable miracle into a frame? It turns out to be quite simple challenge. So, Сhina is classified by country of production. 

China: the birthplace of porcelain. Till these days there are disputes about whether porcelain produced in other regions is better than the one in the place of its derivation. Objectively, it is impossible to estimate, so the choice is the matter of taste.

The crockery is still divided by periods according to Chinese dynasties:

Sun: simple, quiet forms. An important feature is that it was period of free using improved sparry glazes that gave muted color and wealth delicate shades of red, purple, blue and greenish colors.

Ming: the use of light relief on thin porcelain led makes remarkable grace. Most subtle, almost transparent sides, the drawing light relief are made with the help of causing liquid porcelain mass under coated; lightweight proportions are the main achievements in production of Ming dynasty. Each of these products is a unique a work of art.

It is worth recalling that the porcelain of the era is not used as dish nowadays. It is a pride, a kind of antiques, jewelry, and collectors and museums are hunting for it.

Modern Chinese porcelain is little easier and more punch, but unique copies are still created very often.

Japan: is it different variety of forms and styles, a wide range of techniques used in the manufacturing. Japanese porcelain is easily distinguished by its special «Samuraj» style with
very expressive paintings and surprisingly strong fragility ...

Major manufacturers are located in Kutani, Kyoto, Hirado, Arita.

Europe began producing porcelain almost recently. The secret of porcelain manufacture was jealously guarded, and oriental porcelain has been great rarity in Europe, even to the 15 century. They appeared only in the royal yards as gifts or bribes to European monarch. Only in the early 16 century Portuguese brought the first sample of kaolin to Europe in «detective» way, but even that didn't not closer the European masters to the secret. Only in the 18-th century German alchemist and forger Betterom finally produced the first European porcelain. In 1710 Saxon kurfyurst and Polish King August Strong ordered to build the first European porcelain plant at the castle Albrehtsburg in the town of Mays.

Austria is known worldwide thanks to mild forms of fine, clean lines and sophistication. Well-known manufacturers are Augarten, Meissen.

Germany: traditional quality, less glamorous colors, pleasing design and moderate prices. One of the world-famous producers is Villeroy & Boch. If you trust the statistics, each European family enjoys having some dishes of that mark. This is not a surprise, as the brand is already 250 years old. Villeroy & Boch is a way of life. Tablecloths, wallpaper and even furniture are chosen to suit these dishes.

The popularity of German porcelain is largely due to remarkable artist Johann Heroldtu, who created the product in the style shinuazri invented the decoration of flowers seeming alive, also known as the «German Flowers », as well as outstanding sculptor Johann Kendleru known for his small plastic arts in the Rococo style and famous sculptural characters like Italian Commedia dell'Arte.

Britain: British are known for loving tea party, and English china is famous for its beautiful flowers on the cups, plates and sets. England was at the forefront of producing porcelain due to its great colonial power, as East India campaign traded with China as well.

England is also famous for changing the classic Chinese tea-service, adopting it to their needs. Cups are unlike the Chinese cups, limpets, teapots, sugar bowls, and teaspoons: all these 
traditional attributes of English tea have been created specifically in order to enjoy the tea ceremony in European style.

Natalya Rudenko

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