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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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M-Z Austria Hand Painted Porcelain Dresser Set
Jan 27, 1:00 PM EST
M-Z Austria Hand Painted Porcelain Dresser Set
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $10,000
$6517 Bids
Whites Utica N.Y. 5 Gallon Stoneware Bird Jug
Jan 27, 1:00 PM EST
Whites Utica N.Y. 5 Gallon Stoneware Bird Jug
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $10,000
$15015 Bids
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Vintage Lladro Figurine, Alice in Wonderland 1008350
Jan 31, 10:00 AM EST
Vintage Lladro Figurine, Alice in Wonderland 1008350
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$10011 Bids
LLADRO Porcelain Galloping Horse Figurine
Feb 15, 10:00 AM EST
LLADRO Porcelain Galloping Horse Figurine
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $50- $200
$159 Bids
HAND-PAINTED HEREND PANTHER
Jan 27, 10:00 AM CST
HAND-PAINTED HEREND PANTHER
by Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $300- $600
$5009 Bids
Four Royal Copenhagen, Denmark Emma Millennium Figure, Original Boxes
Jan 29, 11:00 AM AEDT
Four Royal Copenhagen, Denmark Emma Millennium Figure, Original Boxes
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD50- AUD100
AUD859 Bids
MEISSEN GILT PORCELAIN CENTREBOWL
Jan 27, 10:00 AM CST
MEISSEN GILT PORCELAIN CENTREBOWL
by Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $200- $500
$5508 Bids
WEDGWOOD DRAGON LUSTER BOWL, DAISY MAKEIG-JONES CELESTIAL DRAGON
Jan 29, 1:00 PM EST
WEDGWOOD DRAGON LUSTER BOWL, DAISY MAKEIG-JONES CELESTIAL DRAGON
by Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals
Est: $300- $350
$4258 Bids
Dresden lace work large figure of a lady on stand,…
Feb 12, 11:00 AM AEDT
Dresden lace work large figure of a lady on stand,…
by Amanda Addams Auctions
Est: AUD80- AUD150
AUD1308 Bids
Hummel Figurine 487 Sturmlauten "Let's Tell The World"
Jan 29, 10:00 AM EST
Hummel Figurine 487 Sturmlauten "Let's Tell The World"
by Paul Arsenault Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$908 Bids
Eight Royal Copenhagen, Denmark White Ceramic Chargers
Jan 29, 11:00 AM AEDT
Eight Royal Copenhagen, Denmark White Ceramic Chargers
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD150- AUD250
AUD1608 Bids
Heavily Gilt Decorated Meissen Cabinet Plate
Jan 31, 1:00 PM EST
Heavily Gilt Decorated Meissen Cabinet Plate
by Schwenke Auctioneers
Est: $50- $5,000
$4757 Bids
2 MEISSEN FIGURES INCL. CHICKEN PLUCKER, CRIES DE PARIS & SALT CELLAR
Jan 28, 9:00 AM EST
2 MEISSEN FIGURES INCL. CHICKEN PLUCKER, CRIES DE PARIS & SALT CELLAR
by Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals
Est: $700- $800
$8007 Bids
PORCELAIN SIGN SHELL GASOLINE GAS STATION LADIES REST ROOM
Feb 10, 9:00 AM CST
PORCELAIN SIGN SHELL GASOLINE GAS STATION LADIES REST ROOM
by Millers Auction Co.
Est: $0- $0
$1757 Bids
Limoges TIFFANY Porc. Artichoke Pill Box
Feb 15, 10:00 AM EST
Limoges TIFFANY Porc. Artichoke Pill Box
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $20- $60
$207 Bids
Herend Hungary Fishnet Rust Rabbit Figural 5inL
Feb 15, 10:00 AM EST
Herend Hungary Fishnet Rust Rabbit Figural 5inL
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $100- $250
$307 Bids
Hummel Figurine 471 Sangerquartett Harmony in Four Parts
Jan 29, 10:00 AM EST
Hummel Figurine 471 Sangerquartett Harmony in Four Parts
by Paul Arsenault Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$707 Bids
Limited Edition Lladro The Voyage of Columbus
Jan 29, 10:00 AM MST
Limited Edition Lladro The Voyage of Columbus
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$1607 Bids
Herend Hungary Porcelain Rooster Figural 5032
Feb 15, 10:00 AM EST
Herend Hungary Porcelain Rooster Figural 5032
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $100- $350
$257 Bids
Berta Hummel Goebel Christmas Ornament Set
Jan 27, 9:00 AM EST
Berta Hummel Goebel Christmas Ornament Set
by Keystone Auctions LLC
Est: $100- $250
$807 Bids
A Spode Italian Blue & White Dinner Service
Jan 29, 11:00 AM AEDT
A Spode Italian Blue & White Dinner Service
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD400- AUD600
AUD3207 Bids
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A Sevres style porcelain gilt metal mounted covered vase, late 19th/early 20th century
Feb 08, 10:00 AM PST
A Sevres style porcelain gilt metal mounted covered vase, late 19th/early 20th century
by Andrew Jones Auctions
Est: $400- $600
$5006 Bids
Art Deco Royal Dux Bohemia Porcelain Nude Statue
Jan 27, 1:00 PM EST
Art Deco Royal Dux Bohemia Porcelain Nude Statue
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $10,000
$416 Bids

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