Blanc-de-Chine - (Porcelain China) Glossary of Antique Terms B

Blanc-de-Chine - (Porcelain China) Blanc-de-Chine is a French term generally used to refer to undecorated ivory white porcelain pieces made for export. Blanc-de-Chine wares are covered with a clear glaze. The finest of these were made by the Dehua are kilns in the Fujian province, during the 17th and 18th centuries. Many early European porcelain factories copied the style. They are usually not decorated. Common forms include crisply modeled Guanyin figures, joss stick holders, water droppers, westerners in Dutch hats, horn shaped cups, and bowls. The physical characteristics between the Dehua porcelains of the early and late dynasties are that they transmit light differently. Items from the Ming era have a pink translucency, items from the transitional period show a flesh colored to pale yellow tone, and items from the 19th century and later appear clear white. See also Te-hua porcelain.

Blanc de Chine: The Great Porcelain of DehuaBlanc de Chine: The Great Porcelain of Dehua


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