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Chinese Porcelain Vase #14
Size: 5" x 5" x 5" (12.5cm x 12.5cm x 12.5cm)
Porcelain of Jingdezhen.
Traditional Chinese porcelain vase colored with specially crackled glaze.
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.