China is famous for its beautiful pottery of high quality. This is partly because China has a large amount of stone and clay. Over the years, the Chinese developed various ways of making and decorating pottery, and they became experts in their craft. They made items from materials such as Chinese porcelain or fine clay. Porcelain ports and vases were used as decorations in the homes of the wealthy. One of the most famous styles was the blue and white patterned porcelain.
Antique Chinese Vases
Antique bouquets are made of various materials, including glass and porcelain. Although some people have tried to recreate ancient antique vases and pass them off as rare collections, the original works have specific characteristics.
Tang Sancai refers to the tri-colored shiny pottery of the Tang Dynasty, painted pottery that appeared in the context of the celadon. It is called tri-colored because yellow, green, and white were commonly used, although some are also available in two or four colors. Based on the green and shiny brown pottery, it represented the height of the development of Chinese ceramics and was already famous at the time. These Tangs are usually horses, camels, female statues, dragon head mugs, statues of musicians and acrobats, and pillows. Of these, the three-colored camel got admired the most.
Chinese Porcelain Vase
The porcelain vase is the creative fruit of the craftsmen of ancient China. Since the Han and Tang dynasties, porcelain vase has been exported worldwide. It promotes economic and cultural exchanges between China and worldwide and has a profound effect on other countries' traditional culture and lifestyle. Porcelain is a material made from well-selected porcelain clay or pottery stone. Porcelain is made from pottery; the two raw materials, glazes and firing temperatures, are different. Compared to pottery, porcelain has a tighter texture, a more transparent body, and a finer luster. It excels in pottery both practically and artistically. That is why it has gradually replaced pottery in the history of ceramics.
Blue and White Chinese Vase
Blue and white porcelain cover a wide range of white pottery and porcelain decorated under the glaze with a blue pigment, generally cobalt oxide. During the Tang Dynasty (618-907), the blue color gained importance in the history of Chinese ceramics. The distinctive color in the shiny blue pottery and porcelain comes from cobalt ores imported from Persia, which was a rare ingredient and was used only in limited quantities. In particular, Yuan, Ming, and Qing dynasties, in particular, different types of cobalt ore and application methods determined the specific characteristic of blue shades, blue and white clay pottery. Cobalt ore is believed to have been widely exploited in West Asia since the early 2000 B.C. to be used as a lubricant. In China, they were first used for glassmaking during the warring states (475-221 BC). The flourishing of the Silk Road trade route saw imported cobalt introduced to China and its application, along with other brand-based glazes, on low-fired earthenware, leading to the rapid development of three-colored sancai wares.