Chinese Export Porcelain refers to porcelain made and decorated specifically for the European market from the 16th to the 20th centuries. Pieces are generally decorative and lacks the symbolism of wares produced for the domestic Chinese market.
Types of Chinese Export Porcelain:
Blanc de Chine, Kangxi Period (1662-1722): characterized by white glazing, ranging from a stark white to having slight green or rose tints, the latter being the most desirable for collectors.
Famille Rose – c. 1720: Famille rose became popular in the West during the end of the 18th Century and continued to be produced until the early 19th Century. It was often made in European forms and mode of the time, with many patterns containing western or European figures as well as Chinese and Mandarin figures. Common motifs including butterflies, gardens, tobacco leaf, dragon and chrysanthemum, animal and fowl forms and motifs, among others. There are also famille noir, famille verte, and famille jaune.
Canton Blue and White, 18th/19th Century: This style was popular during the 18th and 19th centuries. It is characterized by its white background and blue design and always incorporates some or all of the following motifs: an island, a bridge or bridges, trees, birds, mountains, rocks, figures, clouds, boats and a river.
Appraising and Selling Chinese Export Porcelain
Authenticity: Appraisers look at certain indicators to determine authenticity. Antique porcelain must show signs of wear. Appraisers look for grit along the foot or base of porcelain pieces. Ming porcelain exhibits a reddish-brown edge where the glaze stops short.
Condition Pitfalls: Chinese porcelain tends to be thinner than Japanese wares and do not have stilt marks. Rim chips and hairline cracks are common but pieces tend not to stain. Such minor cracks and chips are considered “normal wear” when selling Chinese export porcelain. Undamaged pieces are rarely seen in the market, so small damages do not detract greatly from value. One exception is in armorial or special design export plates, in which any damage greatly affects salability and diminishes value.
Marketplace: Current reports indicate a dramatic price development in Chinese export porcelain, particularly in blue and white and famille rose dinner services. If you are interested in selling or insuring your Chinese export, please contact us to discuss your specific needs and options!
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