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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

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Vintage Chinese Enameled Tea Caddy
Oct 24, 6:00 PM EDT
Vintage Chinese Enameled Tea Caddy
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$254 Bids
Chinese Red Ceramic Tea Caddy
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
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Large Chinese Blue & White Dragon Moon Flask
Oct 26, 10:00 AM EDT
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Two graduated Chinese Export Famille Rose porcelain hexagonal jardinières and undertrays
Oct 24, 10:00 AM PDT
Two graduated Chinese Export Famille Rose porcelain hexagonal jardinières and undertrays
by Andrew Jones Auctions
Est: $600- $800
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Chinese Celadon Ground Footed Oval Stand
Oct 27, 10:00 AM EDT
Chinese Celadon Ground Footed Oval Stand
by Nye & Company
Est: $300- $500
$2252 Bids
Unusual Pair of Cloisonne Enamel Scholar Plaques
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
Unusual Pair of Cloisonne Enamel Scholar Plaques
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $2,000- $5,000
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Group of Chinese Rose Medallion Porcelain
Nov 05, 12:00 PM EDT
Group of Chinese Rose Medallion Porcelain
by Cottone Auctions
Est: $150- $250
$701 Bid
Four Chinese Famille Rose Porcelain Plaque
Oct 30, 9:30 AM EDT
Four Chinese Famille Rose Porcelain Plaque
by Luban Antique
Est: $50- $100
$101 Bid
Mid 20th C. Chinese Porcelain Pillow Statue
Oct 30, 9:00 AM MST
Mid 20th C. Chinese Porcelain Pillow Statue
by Fidelity Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
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Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
Chinese Rose Famille Porcelain Vasehaving painted figuresheight 9 1/2 inches
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Est: $150- $250
$751 Bid
Chinese Blue and White Porcelain Footed Planter
Oct 27, 12:00 PM EDT
Chinese Blue and White Porcelain Footed Planter
by C Biddle Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$101 Bid
Pair of Chinese Porcelain Planters on Underplates
Oct 27, 12:00 PM EDT
Pair of Chinese Porcelain Planters on Underplates
by C Biddle Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$101 Bid
CHINESE EXPORT PORCELAIN PLATTER
Oct 24, 1:00 PM EDT
CHINESE EXPORT PORCELAIN PLATTER
by Charleston Estate Auctions
Est: $150- $250
$51 Bid
A YAOZHOU GLAZE POCELAIN EWER
Oct 24, 9:00 AM EDT
A YAOZHOU GLAZE POCELAIN EWER
by Berkeley Auction Gallery
Est: $1,000- $3,000
$4001 Bid
A 20th century Chinese Famille Rose porcelain plaque from PRP
Oct 27, 4:00 PM CEST
A 20th century Chinese Famille Rose porcelain plaque from PRP
by Sala de Ventas
Est: €0- €0
€6001 Bid
A CHINESE CELADON GLAZE PORCELAIN WATER LADLE
Oct 24, 4:00 PM MST
A CHINESE CELADON GLAZE PORCELAIN WATER LADLE
by AZP Art Gallery Corp.
Est: $200- $400
$1001 Bid
Chinese Export Type Rose Medallion Jardiniere on Wood Stand
Oct 26, 10:00 AM EDT
Chinese Export Type Rose Medallion Jardiniere on Wood Stand
by Weschler's
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
(4Pc) Chinese Oxblood Porcelain Group
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
(4Pc) Chinese Oxblood Porcelain Group
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Est: $100- $1,000
$401 Bid
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Oct 31, 10:00 AM CET
CHINESE PORCELAIN AND HARD STONES, VOL. 1&2  GORER, Edgar and BLACKER, J.F., London: Bernard Q
by Goldfield Auction
Est: €2,200- €2,500
€2,2000 Bids
China white blue porcelain vase decorated with dragons, Qing period Mark with circles Sizes: H=
Oct 31, 10:00 AM CET
China white blue porcelain vase decorated with dragons, Qing period Mark with circles Sizes: H=
by Goldfield Auction
Est: €1,000- €1,500
€1,0000 Bids
China, White blue porcelain jug, China transition period Sizes: H =178mm Weight (K): 0,415
Oct 31, 10:00 AM CET
China, White blue porcelain jug, China transition period Sizes: H =178mm Weight (K): 0,415
by Goldfield Auction
Est: €1,000- €1,500
€1,0000 Bids

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