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Greetings from Wyler Antiques,

Continuing our theme of Chinese Porcelain, we will now talk about Antique Chinese Export, Armorial, and Imari Porcelain. Examples, like our other announcements, will be from our inventory.  

Porcelain has been around for many centuries with England and Europe being the main producers. By the 17th century though, manufacturers had discovered that Chinese porcelain was better than other types. It was whiter, harder, and easier to decorate. Thus, China became the epicenter of fine porcelain. Emissaries from North America and Europe were sent to China to discuss the colors, designs, and themes which these countries wanted. When these wares were produced and then sent overseas, the term Chinese Export Porcelain came into existence.

Chinese Export Porcelain dates from the 18th century and has 3 categories with Famille Rose being the most popular. A wonderful example of Famille Rose is our lovely 18th-century teapot stand. With its wonderful design, workmanship, and vibrant colors, this is an elegant piece. Pink overglaze is prevalent in Famille Rose and its color always ranges from a pale pink to a deep ruby color.
Other examples include our exquisite Bowl with a pleasing design, an Antique Chinese Lamp that shows how one can use an older piece in a new way (this was originally a vase), and a pair of wonderful Plates decorated with insects and flowers.
Chinese Armorial Porcelain is most often decorated with coats of arms and crests of noble families. This included Europe's upper class and royalty. Eventually, it was made for the well-to-do in North America. The use of initials was used for non-titled members of a noble family, merchants, and ship captains. Quite often the decoration depicted fashion trends as well as showing one's social standing. Our 18th-century Sauce Boat is decorated with pink, gilt, and initials and is a very good example of Armorial Porcelain.
Imari Porcelain originated in Japan. The word Imari refers to the pattern and colors. Both the Japanese and Chinese used reds and gilt as an underglaze on blue and white porcelain but each country had its own designs. Reds and strokes became bolder and more important with the Chinese designs as did brighter whites and blues became more purple-toned. Our examples are both an Antique Chinese Imari Plate having an intricate and pleasing design as well as our vibrant and useful Antique Chinese Imari Barber's Bowl.
We hope that you have enjoyed our brief discussion on antique Chinese Export Porcelain. If you would like to know more information about this subject or its examples, please visit the Chinese Porcelain page of our website. There, you will see the various pieces we have discussed as well as others. If you would like to learn anything more, please feel free to e-mail or call us at (914) 861-2429. We look forward to hearing from you.

Kindest regards
David M. Wyler
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