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Porcelain & China

The art of decorated porcelain originated in China over 1,000 years ago. In the 1100s, it was exported to Europe for only the wealthiest patrons. Because porcelain from China was held in such high esteem, it was commonly referred to as "china," in reference to the country from which it originated. Because of high demand, European potteries rushed to figure out the formula for China's famous porcelain. In 1712, a French Jesuit father who had visited China published the secrets to porcelain making, thereby giving Europe the chance to successfully produce their own fine porcelain.

The first European hard-paste porcelain created was from the company Meissen, which is still a sought-after name by porcelain collectors. Established in 1710, Meissen porcelain was once-fired and noted for its great resistance to thermal shock. Experiments with soft-paste porcelain began in the early 1700s and one of the first European soft-paste porcelain factories, Chantilly, was established in France in 1730. It is called soft-paste because the porcelain, produced by special combination of clay and powdered glass, does not easily retain its shape in the wet state.

Bone china was developed in England in 1748 in order to compete with imported hard and soft paste porcelain. Traditionally, it was made from two parts bone-ash, one part kaolin, and one part china stone. Porcelain's use adapted over the centuries from table wares to figurines and vases, and can even be used as electrical insulation and building material.

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Vintage Lladro Porcelain Figural Estate Collection
May 27, 11:00 AM EDT
Vintage Lladro Porcelain Figural Estate Collection
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$15016 Bids
Set of six Wedgwood majolica green leaf plates, circa 1930's, each approx 20cm Dia (6)
May 22, 11:00 AM AEST
Set of six Wedgwood majolica green leaf plates, circa 1930's, each approx 20cm Dia (6)
by Vickers & Hoad
Est: AUD60- AUD90
AUD22015 Bids
A Set of Eight Wedgwood Majolica Plates
May 22, 11:00 AM AEST
A Set of Eight Wedgwood Majolica Plates
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD200- AUD300
AUD32012 Bids
Herend Porcelain Queen Victoria Soup Bowls SET 12
May 25, 12:00 PM EDT
Herend Porcelain Queen Victoria Soup Bowls SET 12
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$9009 Bids
Christian Dior Porcelain Dinner Service
May 25, 11:00 AM CDT
Christian Dior Porcelain Dinner Service
by Neal Auction Company
Est: $300- $500
$3759 Bids
Herend Porcelain Queen Victoria Cups & Saucers SET
May 25, 12:00 PM EDT
Herend Porcelain Queen Victoria Cups & Saucers SET
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$5509 Bids
Old Country Roses By Royal Albert England Dinnerware China
May 27, 11:00 AM EDT
Old Country Roses By Royal Albert England Dinnerware China
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$608 Bids
Set of four Wedgwood of Etruria & Barlaston majolica green leaf plates, each approx 20cm Dia (4)
May 22, 11:00 AM AEST
Set of four Wedgwood of Etruria & Barlaston majolica green leaf plates, each approx 20cm Dia (4)
by Vickers & Hoad
Est: AUD40- AUD60
AUD1008 Bids
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CROSS SWORDS MEISSEN BOWLS
May 28, 1:00 PM EDT
CROSS SWORDS MEISSEN BOWLS
by Manor Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$4008 Bids
Early American Stoneware Small Jug
May 28, 10:00 AM EDT
Early American Stoneware Small Jug
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$1208 Bids
(5) German Porcelain Art Nouveau Bathing Beauties
May 22, 5:00 PM EDT
(5) German Porcelain Art Nouveau Bathing Beauties
by Jacksons Auction & Real Estate Company
Est: $100- $500
$2108 Bids
German Bisque Art Nouveau Bathing Beauty
May 22, 5:00 PM EDT
German Bisque Art Nouveau Bathing Beauty
by Jacksons Auction & Real Estate Company
Est: $200- $1,000
$2307 Bids
68 Pieces of Johann Haviland Bavaria China
May 22, 6:00 PM EDT
68 Pieces of Johann Haviland Bavaria China
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$707 Bids
Royal Worcester Pot Pourri Jar and Cover,
May 22, 12:00 PM AEST
Royal Worcester Pot Pourri Jar and Cover,
by Aalders Auctions
Est: AUD200- AUD300
AUD3007 Bids
Antique McCoy Moon Stars Green Stoneware Lidded Bowl
May 28, 10:00 AM EDT
Antique McCoy Moon Stars Green Stoneware Lidded Bowl
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$417 Bids
BEAUTIFUL PORCELAIN GROUP, MEISSEN 19th CENTURY
May 26, 3:30 PM CEST
BEAUTIFUL PORCELAIN GROUP, MEISSEN 19th CENTURY
by Casa d'Aste Babuino
Est: €200- €250
€3206 Bids
Aynsley Porcelain Part Coffee Service,
May 25, 10:00 AM AEST
Aynsley Porcelain Part Coffee Service,
by Aalders Auctions
Est: AUD40- AUD60
AUD606 Bids
Antique Limoges China Burgundy and Gold Tea Set
May 22, 6:00 PM EDT
Antique Limoges China Burgundy and Gold Tea Set
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$356 Bids
Royal Albert Boxed Teacup Set Celebrating 100 Years.
May 23, 7:00 PM AEST
Royal Albert Boxed Teacup Set Celebrating 100 Years.
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD1106 Bids
10.5" Nippon Wall Hanging Placque in relief
May 22, 5:00 PM EDT
10.5" Nippon Wall Hanging Placque in relief
by Jacksons Auction & Real Estate Company
Est: $200- $400
$4256 Bids
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OBSTSCHALE "ROYAL COPENHAGEN" DEKOR MUSSELMALET
May 28, 11:00 AM CEST
OBSTSCHALE "ROYAL COPENHAGEN" DEKOR MUSSELMALET
by Auktionshalle Cuxhaven
Est: €0- €0
€2506 Bids

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