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Porcelain


Porcelain
  • Author : Suzanne L. Marchand
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release : 2020-06-30
  • ISBN : 9780691182339
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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"This is a history of porcelain as a business and consumer product, from the eighteenth century to the present day. Many books have been written on Chinese porcelain as an exotic import from Asia, but this book tells the history of the Central European reinvention and mass production of the material. Porcelain was first invented in medieval China, but the evolution of what its first producers called "white gold" was set in motion by Saxon king Augustus the Strong. Augustus obsessed over owning a personal alchemist, Johann Böttger, whom he imprisoned in his castle, first to make gold, and when that failed, to make porcelain. Trained in chemistry by an apothecary, Böttger took advantage of the king's obsession with porcelain and eventually produced the first European ceramic vessels whose delicacy and strength resembled those of Asian imports. Augustus funded the creation of a Saxon royal manufactory, which became the famous Meissen factory, and which to this day stands for the highest quality in porcelain. By the time of Böttger's death in 1719, Meissen porcelain had become famous throughout Europe and the world, its wares in high demand by other monarchs and aristocratic consumers. Soon after the porcelain maker's death, his secret recipe was stolen, and dozens of Central European princes opened their own manufactories. Here, author Suzanne L. Marchand shows how the story of European porcelain is an intertwined history of the mercantile state policy that built these factories, the luxury trades that sustained them, the debates about what counted as "art," and the changes in consumer and material culture driving the business. Throughout the eighteenth century, porcelain production was an industry of competitive, mercantile production under royal ownership. By 1850, however, after only a few state-backed firms survived the financial crises of 1815-1830, the Central European porcelain industry had become the domain of mass producers and trademark forgers. Marchand then traces the story of Central European porcelain into the twentieth century, exploring the new challenges of cartelization, the rise of Japanese and Czech competition, and the impact of the two world wars, following several porcelain firms through the Nazi era and the Russian seizures of companies in the German East. At each point, Marchand uses the history of porcelain to link the businesses, and the states that helped sustain them, to the broader history of culture and consumption"--

Porcelain


Porcelain
  • Author : Jack Doherty
  • Publisher : University of Pennsylvania Press
  • Release : 2002-06-27
  • ISBN : 0812218272
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Porcelain is known and highly prized for its delicacy, translucence, fineness, and whiteness. It is also, by reputation, the most difficult of clays to work with and demands particular care at all stages of the making and firing process. In Porcelain, the most up-to-date practical handbook on the subject, Jack Doherty looks at the diverse ways porcelain can be shaped and used. He examines porcelain's recent history, and the clays, making methods, surface treatments, firing schedules, and recipes that can be used within the medium. Contemporary approaches to working with the material are also highlighted for students and ceramists experimenting with the craft.

Chinese Porcelain


Chinese Porcelain
  • Author : Victoria Charles
  • Publisher : Parkstone International
  • Release : 2011-07-01
  • ISBN : 1780422067
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The art of porcelain manufacturing is linked closely to China and its history, appearing in the 7th century when it became an important symbol of royalty or high status. The masterpieces of the genre featured in this book range from simple tea bowls and fantastic vases to hair ornaments, figurines and snuff boxes with intricate, multi-coloured designs. The presentations of these fragile objects are accompanied by an informative outline of the history of Chinese porcelain. This delicate material attracted and continues to attract the attention of art lovers throughout the world.

Chelsea Porcelain at Williamsburg


Chelsea Porcelain at Williamsburg
  • Author : John Cecil Austin
  • Publisher : Colonial Williamsburg
  • Release : 1977
  • ISBN : 0879350237
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation has amassed an outstanding collection of ceramics produced by the Chelsea porcelain Manufactory during its years of operation, 1745-1769. The most important part of the collection falls within the Manufactory's earliest, or triangle, period, and includes examples of nearly all the extant forms. Exotic teapots shaped like Chinamen holding creatures, and objects copied directly from silver prototypes are but a few of the fascinating forms from the early, experimental period. Also illustrated are unique and aesthetically pleasing examples that were manufactured at Chelsea later.

Chinese Porcelain


Chinese Porcelain
  • Author : O. du Sartel
  • Publisher : Parkstone International
  • Release : 2014-01-07
  • ISBN : 9781781609576
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The art of porcelain manufacturing is linked closely to China and its history, appearing in the 7th century when it became an important symbol of royalty or high status. The masterpieces of the genre featured in this book range from simple tea bowls and fantastic vases to hair ornaments, figurines and snuff boxes with intricate, multi-coloured designs. The presentations of these fragile objects are accompanied by an informative outline of the history of Chinese porcelain. This delicate material attracted and continues to attract the attention of art lovers throughout the world.