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Chinese Ceramics & Pottery

Made out of clay heated at over 1,200 degrees Celsius (2,200 degrees Fahrenheit), porcelain is the most commonly used medium in creating Chinese ceramics and pottery. During the high heat firing process, the clay of mostly kaolin transforms to a strong and resilient surface.

There are many different styles of Chinese ceramic decorations originating from different places and times within China’s long history of pottery. For example, during the Song dynasty, blue-green glazed ceramics came from the south while more olive-toned celadon ceramics originated from the north. Later, in the 17th century Ming dynasty, the popular ceramic became the Qing-Hua blue and white style of glazing.


Quick Facts

  • Porcelain gets its name from the old Italian word, “porcellana," meaning “cowrie (snail) shell," because of it’s resemblance to shell
  • The formation of glass and mullite from the kaolin clay accounts for the hardness and translucent quality of porcelain ceramics
  • Inauthentic ceramics on the market today can often be identified by looking at the finish on the base of a Chinese ceramic piece

Recommended Items at Auction

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A blue and white porcelain spittoon painted with eight immortals
Dec 03, 6:00 PM ICT
A blue and white porcelain spittoon painted with eight immortals
by RCB Auctions
Est: ฿20,000- ฿25,000
฿20,0005 Bids
Antique Chinese Export Blue Canton Porcelain Collection
Dec 02, 10:00 AM EST
Antique Chinese Export Blue Canton Porcelain Collection
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$805 Bids
A group of blue and white porcelain lids painted with phoenixes among cloud and blooming peonies
Dec 03, 6:00 PM ICT
A group of blue and white porcelain lids painted with phoenixes among cloud and blooming peonies
by RCB Auctions
Est: ฿3,000- ฿4,000
฿4,0003 Bids
PAIR OF YELLOW-GROUND FAMILLE ROSE JARDINIERE, DAYA MARK
Dec 04, 9:30 AM EST
PAIR OF YELLOW-GROUND FAMILLE ROSE JARDINIERE, DAYA MARK
by Berkeley Auction Gallery
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$3252 Bids
Blue and White Dragon and Cloud Vessel
Dec 09, 1:00 PM PST
Blue and White Dragon and Cloud Vessel
by China Arts Auction
Est: $1,700- $2,500
$3502 Bids
Chinese Neolithic Decorated Pottery Vessel
Dec 03, 11:00 AM EST
Chinese Neolithic Decorated Pottery Vessel
by J. James Auctioneers and Appraisers
Est: $400- $800
$1752 Bids
A blue and white porcelain teapot tray painted with Chinese characters
Dec 03, 6:00 PM ICT
A blue and white porcelain teapot tray painted with Chinese characters
by RCB Auctions
Est: ฿15,000- ฿20,000
฿7,0002 Bids
A blue and white porcelain spittoon painted with episode from the "Romance of the Three Kingdoms"
Dec 03, 6:00 PM ICT
A blue and white porcelain spittoon painted with episode from the "Romance of the Three Kingdoms"
by RCB Auctions
Est: ฿8,000- ฿10,000
฿9,0002 Bids
A CHINESE BLUE AND WHITE FIGURAL STORY JARDINIERE
Dec 04, 9:30 AM EST
A CHINESE BLUE AND WHITE FIGURAL STORY JARDINIERE
by Berkeley Auction Gallery
Est: $7,000- $10,000
$2,0001 Bid
A TANG DYNASTY STYLE THREE-COLORED GLAZED POTTERY ORNAMENT DESIGNED WITH CLOTHES.C602.
Dec 03, 11:00 AM EST
A TANG DYNASTY STYLE THREE-COLORED GLAZED POTTERY ORNAMENT DESIGNED WITH CLOTHES.C602.
by Metropolitan Auction of Art Inc.
Est: $2,500- $4,000
$7501 Bid
A FAMILLE ROSE PORCELAIN PLAQUE.C140.
Dec 03, 11:00 AM EST
A FAMILLE ROSE PORCELAIN PLAQUE.C140.
by Metropolitan Auction of Art Inc.
Est: $4,500- $6,500
$1,5001 Bid
A Chinese Deng Bishan-style porcelain plaque, Republic period
Dec 03, 9:00 AM EST
A Chinese Deng Bishan-style porcelain plaque, Republic period
by Oakridge Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $200
$1001 Bid
Chinese vintage blue and white planter with stand
Dec 17, 2:00 PM PST
Chinese vintage blue and white planter with stand
by International Auction Gallery
Est: $80- $150
$201 Bid
A pair of famille rose porcelain plaques, Republic period
Dec 03, 9:00 AM EST
A pair of famille rose porcelain plaques, Republic period
by Oakridge Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $200
$1001 Bid
A Chinese Qianjiangcai Porcelain Tray
Dec 17, 9:30 AM EST
A Chinese Qianjiangcai Porcelain Tray
by Luban Antique
Est: $100- $300
$101 Bid
A blue and white porcelain teapot tray painted with Chinese characters
Dec 03, 6:00 PM ICT
A blue and white porcelain teapot tray painted with Chinese characters
by RCB Auctions
Est: ฿10,000- ฿15,000
฿4,0001 Bid
Chinese Neolithic Decorated Pottery Vessel
Dec 03, 11:00 AM EST
Chinese Neolithic Decorated Pottery Vessel
by J. James Auctioneers and Appraisers
Est: $400- $800
$1001 Bid
Pair of Famille Rose Peach Tianqiuping
Dec 09, 1:00 PM PST
Pair of Famille Rose Peach Tianqiuping
by China Arts Auction
Est: $3,000- $4,000
$5501 Bid
Three Chinese famille rose porcelains, 19th/early 20th century
Dec 03, 9:00 AM EST
Three Chinese famille rose porcelains, 19th/early 20th century
by Oakridge Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $200
$1001 Bid
A Chinese porcelain plaque with poem, Republic period
Dec 03, 9:00 AM EST
A Chinese porcelain plaque with poem, Republic period
by Oakridge Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $200
$1001 Bid
CHINESE HAND PAINTED ENAMEL DECORATED JARDINIERE 6 1/4" TALL X 8 1/2" DIAM
Dec 04, 10:30 AM EST
CHINESE HAND PAINTED ENAMEL DECORATED JARDINIERE 6 1/4" TALL X 8 1/2" DIAM
by Carlsen Gallery, Inc.
Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid
Four blue and white porcelain with a round tray painted with trailing motif on a background
Dec 10, 12:30 PM ICT
Four blue and white porcelain with a round tray painted with trailing motif on a background
by RCB Auctions
Est: ฿70,000- ฿90,000
฿16,0001 Bid
Chinese Group of Four Porcelain & Ceramic Items
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
Chinese Group of Four Porcelain & Ceramic Items
by Roland Auctions NY
Est: $200- $400
$1001 Bid

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