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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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Strawberry glaze Waco, Kentucky stoneware vase
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by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
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J.P. GRINSTEAD salt-glazed stoneware jar - Waco, Kentucky
Mar 17, 6:00 PM EDT
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ROYAL WORCESTER hand painted demitasse cup and saucer, signed H. George. Fine bone china made in England.
Mar 03, 7:00 PM AEDT
ROYAL WORCESTER hand painted demitasse cup and saucer, signed H. George. Fine bone china made in England.
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
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Group Of Lladro Figurines
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Group Of Lladro Figurines
by Gulfcoast Coin and Jewelry
Est: $800- $1,000
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Pair Of Geisha Lladro Figurines
Mar 09, 11:00 AM EST
Pair Of Geisha Lladro Figurines
by Gulfcoast Coin and Jewelry
Est: $150- $250
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Stoneware pig flask by Henry Thomas - Louisville, Kentucky
Mar 17, 6:00 PM EDT
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by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
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WEDGWOOD Florentine Green Border Dinner Plates
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
WEDGWOOD Florentine Green Border Dinner Plates
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $100- $200
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ZSOLNAY ANTIQUE HUNGARIAN LARGE DINNERWARE SET
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
ZSOLNAY ANTIQUE HUNGARIAN LARGE DINNERWARE SET
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Est: $100- $150
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OGGETTISTICA
Mar 06, 10:30 AM CET
OGGETTISTICA
by Aste Boetto SRL
Est: €100- €150
€3508 Bids
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Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
(2) Herend Rothschild Bird Lemon Finial Serving Dishes
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HEREND "ROTHSCHILD BIRD" PATTERN SERVING BOWL
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OGGETTISTICA
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Est: €150- €200
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Herend Green Chinese Bouquet Pattern Porcelain Coffee / Tea Set
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Herend Green Chinese Bouquet Pattern Porcelain Coffee / Tea Set
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Large 17" Oval Portrait on Porcelain Marked KPM, 13 1/2 x 17 in. (34.3 x 43.2 cm.)
Mar 03, 2:00 PM CST
Large 17" Oval Portrait on Porcelain Marked KPM, 13 1/2 x 17 in. (34.3 x 43.2 cm.)
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Est: $0- $0
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D & C Limoges Jardiniere and Stand
Mar 03, 2:00 PM EST
D & C Limoges Jardiniere and Stand
by Lion and Unicorn
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Herend 'Rothschild Bird' Porcelain 15-Piece Tea Service
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Est: $0- $0
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