Blue and White Transfer-Printed Pottery

Overview

Blues made from cobalt were first used widely for painted decoration in China during the fifteenth century. Much of the porcelain imported into Europe was decorated with blue designs, and after about 1650, when tea was introduced, the volume of blue and white 'chinaware' brought back from Canton was enormous. European potters tried to emulate this fine tableware, most successfully on artificial porcelain and tin-glazed earthenwares. The imports from China declined in the 1780s, and owners of Chinese services ...
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Overview

Blues made from cobalt were first used widely for painted decoration in China during the fifteenth century. Much of the porcelain imported into Europe was decorated with blue designs, and after about 1650, when tea was introduced, the volume of blue and white 'chinaware' brought back from Canton was enormous. European potters tried to emulate this fine tableware, most successfully on artificial porcelain and tin-glazed earthenwares. The imports from China declined in the 1780s, and owners of Chinese services found it difficult to obtain replacements or additions. To meet this need, British potters copied the hand-painted patterns using the technique of transfer-printing from engraved copper plates. Spode perfected this process, and his wares have never been surpassed. This book is intended to help all who are interested in blue and white wares, whether collectors or not.
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"Like other Shire books in my collection, this is a wonderful little volume packed with a great many pictures and tons of information.  I’ve used these books time and again in my research—sometimes for facts, sometimes for inspiration.  This one offers plenty of both, starting with a Glossary and History and going on to detailed photos of the manufacturing process, and proceeding to discussions of the patterns and colors (including a chart of the tones of blue)." -Loretta Chase, Two Nerdy History Girls (March 2010)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780747804499
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/4/2008
  • Series: Shire Library Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 1,458,683
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.27 (h) x 0.16 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 4
Glossary 5
Origins 7
The manufacturing process 11
Chinese and chinoiserie patterns 16
Non-oriental designs 21
Identification 37
Further reading 39
Places to visit 40
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