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Hand Painted Chinese Blue & White Porcelain Jar - Double Happiness #16
Size: 8.5" x 9"
Exquisite porcelain jar – offering a perfect example of Asia’s traditional blue & white glaze ceramic. The soft opaqueness of blue & white makes this an authentic historical reproduction. The jar balances both a rustic and refined sense of craftsmanship. Removable lid adds character and makes it ideal for storing potpourri or dried flowers.
The distinctive image depicts “Double Happiness” – one of China’s most celebrated and revered calligraphy symbols. The symbol is comprised of 2 identical halves – brought together to convey the spirit of happiness. Today, this symbol can be found on all forms of art, home décor and giftware. It is particularly popular on wedding gifts and on gifts between close friends.
Porcelain of Jingdezhen: Jingdezhen has been termed the "Porcelain Capital" because of its production of quality pottery. It has a 1700-year-old history of pottery production. People there began to produce ceramics as early as 1,800 years ago in the Eastern Han Dynasty. In the Jingde Period (1004-1007), Emperor Zhenzong of the the Song Dynasty. decreed that Jingdezhen should produce the porcelain used by the imperial court, with each inscribed at the bottom "Made in the Reign of Jingde." From then on people began to call all chinaware bearing such inscriptions "porcelain of Jingdezhen."
The ceramic industry experienced further development at Jingdezhen during the Ming and Qing dynasties or from the 14th to the 19th century, when skills became perfected and the general quality more refined; government kilns were set up to cater exclusively to the need of the imperial house.
Jingdezhen, the ancient ceramics metropolis, has been regenerated with new vigor since the founding of New China. It now boasts a ceramic research institute and a ceramic museum. The leading centre of the porcelain industry, Jingdezhen has been put under state protection also as an important historical city.
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