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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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Chinese Export Porcelain Armorial Tureen & Platter
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
Chinese Export Porcelain Armorial Tureen & Platter
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $700- $1,000
$3259 Bids
Pair of Chinese Porcelain Jardinieres
Feb 22, 9:00 AM PST
Pair of Chinese Porcelain Jardinieres
by Abell Auction
Est: $200- $300
$3004 Bids
Vintage Chinese Bird Shaped Zun Wine Container
Feb 24, 10:00 AM MST
Vintage Chinese Bird Shaped Zun Wine Container
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$304 Bids
9 Pieces Rose Medallion Chinese Porcelain
Feb 22, 11:00 AM EST
9 Pieces Rose Medallion Chinese Porcelain
by Willow Auction House
Est: $200- $300
$1753 Bids
Pair of Chinese export porcelain rose medallion ve
Feb 28, 9:00 AM EST
Pair of Chinese export porcelain rose medallion ve
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $100- $200
$702 Bids
Large group of Chinese and Japanese porcelain
Feb 28, 9:00 AM EST
Large group of Chinese and Japanese porcelain
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $200- $400
$2402 Bids
A Chinese Blue and White porcelain planter, with costal decoration. H 13cm, W 20cm
Feb 25, 7:00 PM AEDT
A Chinese Blue and White porcelain planter, with costal decoration. H 13cm, W 20cm
by Lawsons
Est: AUD100- AUD150
AUD152 Bids
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Small Ming Porcelain Under Red Floral Flask
Mar 09, 1:30 PM EST
Small Ming Porcelain Under Red Floral Flask
by Wensly Auctions
Est: $800- $1,500
$2001 Bid
A BLUE AND WHITE CARVED CELADON MOONFLASK WITH DESIGN
Feb 24, 11:00 AM EST
A BLUE AND WHITE CARVED CELADON MOONFLASK WITH DESIGN
by Metropolitan Auction of Art Inc.
Est: $12,000- $15,000
$3,5001 Bid
(5) A SET OF FIVE CHINESE PORCELAIN ORNAMENTS DESIGNED WITH FLOWERS .C322.
Feb 24, 11:00 AM EST
(5) A SET OF FIVE CHINESE PORCELAIN ORNAMENTS DESIGNED WITH FLOWERS .C322.
by Metropolitan Auction of Art Inc.
Est: $450- $900
$1501 Bid
A JIZHOU KILN PORCELAIN DRAGON PATTERN PILLOW.C285.
Feb 24, 11:00 AM EST
A JIZHOU KILN PORCELAIN DRAGON PATTERN PILLOW.C285.
by Metropolitan Auction of Art Inc.
Est: $3,000- $4,500
$5501 Bid
Chinese Export porcelain group
Mar 07, 10:00 AM EST
Chinese Export porcelain group
by Millea Bros Ltd
Est: $100- $150
$501 Bid
Large lot of Chinese export porcelain
Feb 28, 9:00 AM EST
Large lot of Chinese export porcelain
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
Two Chinese Famille Rose Porcelain Plaques Framed
Feb 24, 8:30 AM EST
Two Chinese Famille Rose Porcelain Plaques Framed
by Luban Antique
Est: $100- $500
$101 Bid
Chinese blue glazed porcelain flask
Feb 26, 12:00 PM PST
Chinese blue glazed porcelain flask
by International Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $300
$301 Bid
Chinese celadon glaze porcelain
Feb 28, 9:00 AM EST
Chinese celadon glaze porcelain
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid
Antique brown glazed pottery Kendi - Southern Song Dynasty or Yuan Dynasty, approx 17cm H
Feb 25, 10:00 AM AEDT
Antique brown glazed pottery Kendi - Southern Song Dynasty or Yuan Dynasty, approx 17cm H
by Vickers & Hoad
Est: AUD80- AUD120
AUD601 Bid
Chinese late 19th century porcelain flask
Feb 26, 12:00 PM PST
Chinese late 19th century porcelain flask
by International Auction Gallery
Est: $600- $1,500
$2001 Bid
Antique Chinese Porcelain Tea Caddy
Feb 24, 11:00 AM EST
Antique Chinese Porcelain Tea Caddy
by Kavanagh Auctions
Est: $20- $15,000
$201 Bid
Vintage Chinese Porcelain Urn Vase Strawberry Finial Lidded
Feb 24, 8:30 AM EST
Vintage Chinese Porcelain Urn Vase Strawberry Finial Lidded
by Luban Antique
Est: $50- $100
$101 Bid
Antique Chinese Signed 1932 Porcelain Plaque Framed
Feb 24, 8:30 AM EST
Antique Chinese Signed 1932 Porcelain Plaque Framed
by Luban Antique
Est: $50- $200
$101 Bid
Chinese HeHe Porcelain Plaque Framed
Feb 24, 8:30 AM EST
Chinese HeHe Porcelain Plaque Framed
by Luban Antique
Est: $20- $100
$101 Bid
Chinese Porcelain Hoi Toi
Feb 22, 9:00 AM PST
Chinese Porcelain Hoi Toi
by Abell Auction
Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid

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