Historical Background of Jingdezhen Blue and White Porcelain
The blue and white porcelain are the classical Jingdezhen production. Back in the early fourteenth century, Jingdezhen was a pioneer in the mass-production of semi-translucent, blue and white porcelain. By the reign of the Emperor Kangxi, the place has already excelled the technology in making these beautiful potteries. In the 17th century, the blue and white porcelain was exported to Europe and became very popular among collectors. The earlier European porcelain production was strongly influenced by the Chinese pattern.
Collecting Jingdezhen blue and white wares
The pottery and porcelain from classical Jingdezhen are individually molded and painted by a skilled crafts person. The artist is also the key in determining the price of the individual item. While low grade procelain items can be bought off the street for a few dollars, world renowned artists can create porcelain pieces with prices ranging up to several hundred thousand dollars. Once it is shaped and painted with a rich blue pigment such as cobalt oxide, the pottery is glazed before being fired at a very high temperature.
The pot is hand made and painted by a fairly well-known artist. The newest trend of painting the famous blue and white ware is to touch it with a bit of color (usually red). The piece depicts a classical serene scene depicting gold fish swimming around lotus flowers. With semi-translucent glassy white background, the blue fish and blue lotus flower stand out nicely. A touch of red is done brilliantly to a single red lotus bud, giving it a really wonderful contrast to the overall pot. It stands a bit over two feet tall and is a quite an eye catcher.