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Porcelain & China - General

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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PORCELAIN HUMMING BIRD WIND CHIME
Jul 25, 9:00 AM AEST
PORCELAIN HUMMING BIRD WIND CHIME
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD456 Bids
Germain Porcelain Grouping, Regal Couple Highly Decorated, 15 1/2"h x 16"w
Jul 23, 2:00 PM EDT
Germain Porcelain Grouping, Regal Couple Highly Decorated, 15 1/2"h x 16"w
by Bill Hood & Sons Arts & Antiques Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$1003 Bids
19th Century Regency Gilt Bronze Porcelain Compote
Aug 09, 6:00 PM EDT
19th Century Regency Gilt Bronze Porcelain Compote
by Swisher Bros. Auction
Est: $0- $0
$52 Bids
Signed ERTE Art Deco Limited Edition Fine Porcelain
Aug 14, 10:00 AM EDT
Signed ERTE Art Deco Limited Edition Fine Porcelain
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$61 Bid
Signed ERTE Art Deco Limited Edition Fine Porcelain
Aug 14, 10:00 AM EDT
Signed ERTE Art Deco Limited Edition Fine Porcelain
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$61 Bid
Signed ERTE Art Deco Limited Edition Fine Porcelain
Aug 14, 10:00 AM EDT
Signed ERTE Art Deco Limited Edition Fine Porcelain
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$61 Bid
A pair of Dresden-style polychromed porcelain figural compotes
Jul 30, 12:00 PM PDT
A pair of Dresden-style polychromed porcelain figural compotes
by John Moran Auctioneers
Est: $600- $800
$3001 Bid
Vintage Porcelain Pharmacy Decoratives
Jul 26, 9:00 AM EDT
Vintage Porcelain Pharmacy Decoratives
by Keystone Auctions LLC
Est: $50- $150
$251 Bid
Antique Victorian TPM Carl Tielsch Porcelain Germany Inkwell Set
Aug 09, 6:00 PM EDT
Antique Victorian TPM Carl Tielsch Porcelain Germany Inkwell Set
by Swisher Bros. Auction
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
ENGLISH PORCELAIN VICTORIAN HAT PIN HOLDER Height: 5 1/2 in. (14 cm.)
Jul 30, 10:00 AM EDT
ENGLISH PORCELAIN VICTORIAN HAT PIN HOLDER Height: 5 1/2 in. (14 cm.)
by Potomack Company
Est: $30- $40
$101 Bid
French Hand-Painted Cherubim Porcelain Plaque
Jul 23, 11:00 AM EDT
French Hand-Painted Cherubim Porcelain Plaque
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
Hans Schirmer German Mid-Century Porcelain Wall Mask
Aug 05, 7:00 PM AEST
Hans Schirmer German Mid-Century Porcelain Wall Mask
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD201 Bid
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Michael Ray porcelain cookware set
Jul 29, 10:00 AM EDT
Michael Ray porcelain cookware set
by Barry S. Slosberg Inc
Est: $60- $120
$101 Bid
HERMES PORCELAIN ASHTRAY WITH MUSHROOM MOTIF.
Jul 27, 10:00 AM EDT
HERMES PORCELAIN ASHTRAY WITH MUSHROOM MOTIF.
by Amelia Jeffers
Est: $300- $600
$1501 Bid
Pair of Paris Porcelain Gold and White Corbeilles
Jul 27, 10:00 AM CDT
Pair of Paris Porcelain Gold and White Corbeilles
by New Orleans Auction Galleries
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$8001 Bid
1900s German Porcelain Miniature Loveseat Figure
Jul 25, 12:00 PM EDT
1900s German Porcelain Miniature Loveseat Figure
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $25- $250
$251 Bid
Collection of Porcelain, Glass and Metal Household Articles
Jul 23, 10:00 AM EDT
Collection of Porcelain, Glass and Metal Household Articles
by Weschler's
Est: $30- $50
$151 Bid
Framed German Porcelain Plaque of A Girl
Aug 02, 7:00 AM EDT
Framed German Porcelain Plaque of A Girl
by The Popular Auction, LLC
Est: $400- $600
$2001 Bid
Signed Hand Painted Porcelain and Ceramic Eggs
Jul 22, 12:00 PM MST
Signed Hand Painted Porcelain and Ceramic Eggs
by R & R Auction INC
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
Antique German Porcelain Figural Cigar Lighter Holder Statue
Aug 02, 11:00 AM EDT
Antique German Porcelain Figural Cigar Lighter Holder Statue
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $10,000
$50 Bids
Peoria Illinois Souvenir Porcelain Dog Egg Timer
Jul 27, 9:00 AM CDT
Peoria Illinois Souvenir Porcelain Dog Egg Timer
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $30- $300
$150 Bids
2 pcs. Art Nouveau writing set, Nymphenburg, designed by
Jul 27, 11:00 AM CEST
2 pcs. Art Nouveau writing set, Nymphenburg, designed by
by Henry's Auktionshaus
Est: €130- €200
€1200 Bids

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