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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 Lenox Autumn Dinnerware China
Oct 29, 5:00 PM EDT
Vintage Lenox Autumn Dinnerware China
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$37518 Bids
(2 Pc) Hutschenreuther Kunstabteilung Porcelain Figurines
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
(2 Pc) Hutschenreuther Kunstabteilung Porcelain Figurines
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Est: $100- $1,000
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Selection of Spode blue and white tea ware, six cups, saucers, plates and extras, sugar bowl, jug etc
Oct 31, 9:30 AM AEDT
Selection of Spode blue and white tea ware, six cups, saucers, plates and extras, sugar bowl, jug etc
by Vickers & Hoad
Est: AUD200- AUD300
AUD34015 Bids
Fine 3 gallon cobalt decorated Cowden & Wilcox stoneware jug
Nov 20, 9:00 AM EST
Fine 3 gallon cobalt decorated Cowden & Wilcox stoneware jug
by Horst Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$57512 Bids
Vintage Aynsley Pembroke Fine English Bone China
Oct 29, 5:00 PM EDT
Vintage Aynsley Pembroke Fine English Bone China
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$7512 Bids
Extensive gold rimmed china service, mixed makers, Royal Doulton and mintons
Oct 31, 4:00 PM AEDT
Extensive gold rimmed china service, mixed makers, Royal Doulton and mintons
by Vickers & Hoad
Est: AUD600- AUD800
AUD50011 Bids
Vintage Blue Willow Dinnerware China
Oct 29, 5:00 PM EDT
Vintage Blue Willow Dinnerware China
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$4610 Bids
12 Teller mit Blumenmalerei. Limoges.
Oct 29, 9:00 AM CEST
12 Teller mit Blumenmalerei. Limoges.
by Auktionshaus Wendl
Est: €0- €0
€90010 Bids
Goebel Mi Hummel 75th Birth Anniversary Sister
Oct 30, 10:00 AM MST
Goebel Mi Hummel 75th Birth Anniversary Sister
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$659 Bids
Antique Stoneware And Pottery Jugs
Oct 29, 5:00 PM EDT
Antique Stoneware And Pottery Jugs
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$219 Bids
Royal Doulton Booths Floradora Majestic Collection
Oct 29, 5:00 PM EDT
Royal Doulton Booths Floradora Majestic Collection
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$379 Bids
Vintage Noritake Goldkin Dinnerware China
Oct 29, 5:00 PM EDT
Vintage Noritake Goldkin Dinnerware China
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$708 Bids
Vintage Lenox Montclair Dinnerware China
Oct 29, 5:00 PM EDT
Vintage Lenox Montclair Dinnerware China
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$1108 Bids
5 gallon cobalt decorated Shenfelder stoneware crock
Nov 20, 9:00 AM EST
5 gallon cobalt decorated Shenfelder stoneware crock
by Horst Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$5257 Bids
Devisenkind: Je découvre tout. Meissen.
Oct 29, 9:00 AM CEST
Devisenkind: Je découvre tout. Meissen.
by Auktionshaus Wendl
Est: €0- €0
€2007 Bids
Large Herend Porcelain Figurine
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
Large Herend Porcelain Figurine
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $100- $1,000
$1607 Bids
Royal Crown Derby Chatsworth House urn 16/250, approx 26cm H
Oct 31, 4:00 PM AEDT
Royal Crown Derby Chatsworth House urn 16/250, approx 26cm H
by Vickers & Hoad
Est: AUD80- AUD120
AUD4407 Bids
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(2) pc Herend Hungary Blue Bunny & Red Fish Group
Nov 07, 12:00 PM EDT
(2) pc Herend Hungary Blue Bunny & Red Fish Group
by Neely Auction
Est: $100- $200
$1006 Bids
2 gallon cobalt decorated Cowden & Wilcox stoneware jug
Nov 20, 9:00 AM EST
2 gallon cobalt decorated Cowden & Wilcox stoneware jug
by Horst Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$1306 Bids
(6) Goebel Hummel Figures
Oct 30, 10:00 AM MST
(6) Goebel Hummel Figures
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$456 Bids
Lladro Porcelain Large Figurine
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
Lladro Porcelain Large Figurine
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $100- $1,000
$1206 Bids
Royal Bayreuth Porcelain Fox Head Stirrup Creamer
Oct 29, 5:00 PM EDT
Royal Bayreuth Porcelain Fox Head Stirrup Creamer
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$256 Bids
Royal Doulton "The Jester" HN2134, approx 25cm H
Oct 31, 9:30 AM AEDT
Royal Doulton "The Jester" HN2134, approx 25cm H
by Vickers & Hoad
Est: AUD100- AUD200
AUD1106 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Porcelain & China


Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Historia Auktionshaus

Historia Auktionshaus

Auktionshaus Wendl

Auktionshaus Wendl

Das Kunst- und Auktionshaus Kastern GmbH & Co KG

Das Kunst- und Auktionshaus Kastern GmbH & Co KG