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Bidding starts 27 July & concludes 31 July 2021 from 10am


    • Lot # 27897

    The Blue Blood

    Estimate between  R 3,000.00  to  R 5,000.00
    Unit price  per 

    Chinese blue and white porcelain garden seat

    The colour blue gained special significance in the history of Chinese ceramics during the Tang dynasty (618-907). The distinctive colour in blue glazed pottery and porcelain comes from cobalt ores imported from Persia, which was a scarce ingredient at the time and used in only limited quantities, The Chinese first produced porcelain painted in under-glaze blue in large quantities during the 14th century, but it wasn't until 300 years later in 1604 that a Dutch ship captured a Portuguese carrack, the Catharina, returning from a voyage to China loaded with 100,000 pieces of blue and white porcelains that it gained popularity in the West. The Ming dynasty is rightly famous for its fine ceramics and especially the cobalt blue-and-white porcelain produced in such towns as Jingdezhen in Jiangxi province. Still highly prized by collectors today, Ming porcelain would have a major influence on the ceramics of many other countries from Japan to Britain.