Blue and White Contemporary Porcelain

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Originating in China, porcelain manufacture became higly organized during 10-13th centuries, and sometime in the 14th century porcelain art was being exported to Europe, particularly the most well-known Chinese porcelain art style as the coveted ‘blue-and-white’ wares. In 1517, Portuguese merchants began direct trade over the sea route with the Ming Dynasty and were followed by Dutch merchants in 1598.

Blue and White Chinese antique porcelain – charger,Kangxi (1662-1722); dish, Qing dynasty Qianlong (1736-95)

These exported Chinese porcelains were held in such great esteem in Europe that in the English language china became a commonly–used synonym for the Franco-Italian term porcelain.
The European manufactories reinterpreted and stylized the traditional Chinese patterns through countless of experiments in effort to find the secret of the Chinese techniques and composition for porcelain manufacture.

Blue and White Chinese antique porcelain – vase, late Qing dynasty (1644-1912); plate, Kangxi (1662-1722)

Contemporary ceramists recast the blue-and-white palette of Chinese porcelain creating beautiful versions of this classic color combination. Check out these beautiful photos of contemporary porcelain vases and dishes in shades of indigo and cobalt blue by photograph Stephan Abry.

 Meissen vase with fish motif – limited edition of 50 pieces for €17000; teapot Uzbek style from Hermes new
collection “Bleu d’Ailleurs”
 ’Wunderkammer’ by Sieger by Fürstenberg; ISI MILANO’s Mediterraneo; “Dancer” (Meissen)
 Blue coffee cup (Nymphenburg); Glass object “Wisdom is a good Companion” (Theresienthal)
 Blue Onion is Meissen’s best-known and most collectible porcelain
 ”1132 Minutes” by Jurgen Bey for Royal Tichelaar Makkum
 studio Potomac
 ”Granat” by Stefanie Hering
“Bleu d’Ailleurs” (Hermes), “Cobalto” (ISI)

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Charles Faudree
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4 comments on “Blue and White Contemporary Porcelain

  1. Thank you for sharing those photographs! They are amazing. My grandmother had a large collection of blue and white china, and I loved it – but I now wish I would have such inspiration as Stephan Abry! The red elements in the photos really make an otherwise serene palette just go “wow”!

  2. Thank you, Helen and Heidi for the lovely comments.I love old china, but the blue and white pattern is my favorite.

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