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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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A pair of antique Chinese burnt orange glazed chooks, Height 27cm, Daoguang period c. 1821-1850
Jun 02, 7:00 PM AEST
A pair of antique Chinese burnt orange glazed chooks, Height 27cm, Daoguang period c. 1821-1850
by Lawsons
Est: AUD800- AUD1,200
AUD22013 Bids
A pair of green painted contemporary Chinese ceramic balusters, Height 44cm
Jun 02, 7:00 PM AEST
A pair of green painted contemporary Chinese ceramic balusters, Height 44cm
by Lawsons
Est: AUD200- AUD400
AUD1305 Bids
Chinese and Japanese Porcelain
May 25, 9:00 AM EDT
Chinese and Japanese Porcelain
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$404 Bids
Chinese Blue and White Rice Flower and Canton China
Jun 01, 10:00 AM EDT
Chinese Blue and White Rice Flower and Canton China
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$502 Bids
A Cantonese basin painted with noblemen and court ladies in a garden alternating with birds among flowers
Jun 01, 12:30 PM ICT
A Cantonese basin painted with noblemen and court ladies in a garden alternating with birds among flowers
by RCB Auctions
Est: ฿10,000- ฿15,000
฿8,0002 Bids
Song Dynasty Celadon Pottery
May 26, 10:00 AM MST
Song Dynasty Celadon Pottery
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$302 Bids
A BLUE AND WHITE CARVED CELADON MOONFLASK WITH DESIGN
May 28, 11:00 AM EDT
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.
May 28, 11:00 AM EDT
(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.
May 28, 11:00 AM EDT
A JIZHOU KILN PORCELAIN DRAGON PATTERN PILLOW.C285.
by Metropolitan Auction of Art Inc.
Est: $3,000- $4,500
$5501 Bid
Antique Chinese Export Porcelain Rose Medallion China
Jun 01, 10:00 AM EDT
Antique Chinese Export Porcelain Rose Medallion China
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$501 Bid
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YELLOW GLAZED GARLIC HEAD PORCELAIN BOTTLE
Jun 01, 10:00 AM EDT
YELLOW GLAZED GARLIC HEAD PORCELAIN BOTTLE
by William's Auctions, LLC
Est: $160- $240
$801 Bid
A Fine Chinese Iron Red Kendi / Ewer
Jun 01, 12:00 PM EDT
A Fine Chinese Iron Red Kendi / Ewer
by RB Fine Arts
Est: $50- $250
$201 Bid
Early Chinese Hand Painted Platter-1940's
May 29, 10:00 AM CDT
Early Chinese Hand Painted Platter-1940's
by Cedarburg Auction & Appraisals LLC
Est: $100- $150
$251 Bid
Chinese Wucai Porcelain Bat And Shou Crest Jardiniere
Jun 06, 12:00 PM EDT
Chinese Wucai Porcelain Bat And Shou Crest Jardiniere
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $50- $500
$251 Bid
Large Chinese Blue And White Porcelain Basin Mounted On Bronze
Jun 01, 12:00 PM EDT
Large Chinese Blue And White Porcelain Basin Mounted On Bronze
by RB Fine Arts
Est: $50- $250
$201 Bid
Chinese Export Armorial Porcelain Saucer
Jun 06, 12:00 PM EDT
Chinese Export Armorial Porcelain Saucer
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $25- $250
$251 Bid

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