Types of Chinese Porcelain

The popularity of Chinese porcelain is traceable back to the 16th century when China started bilateral trade with North America and Europe. Since then, China-made porcelain has found its way into many homes across Europe and other parts of the world primarily due to its ability to bring elegance and timeless beauty into any living space. Here’s an overview of the most sought after porcelain from China. 

Sancai Ware

Sancai is a Chinese name meaning three colors. Sancai ware is made using white and secondary kaolin that’s heated in fire clays. In traditional China, these pieces were uses as burial wares. The most common representations of Sancai ware are horses and camels. 

Ding Ware

The original Ding ware traces its roots to China’s Ding Xian province. Hailed as one of the finest porcelain ever to come out of China, Ding ware was a preserve for the kings in palaces. Morden pieces are made using a white pasty glaze on the inside, and the edges bordered with precious metal including silver and gold. 

Jian Tea Ware

Also referred to as Jian Blackware, Jian tea ware, was, as the name suggests, used as tea bowls. The ware was popular during the Song dynasty. The ware is made using locally dug, iron-rich clay. The pieces are then fired in an oxidizing atmosphere with temperate reaching up to 1,300 degrees centigrade. The glaze is made with similar clay but contains wood-ash.  Jian tea ware features a “hair’s fur” pattern created by the molten glaze. 

While the techniques used to make these three types of Chinese porcelain dates back to the ancient times, the keen eye and the immaculate taste of the oriental artisans who make them ensures that they remain relevant to date.

Through time, porcelains from China have become a symbol of status, and whenever a home has two or more Chinese porcelains, it is considered sophisticated and timeless. Today, these porcelains are available in the form of jars, dining dishes, dinnerware, and glasses as well as plates. 

From the time of Ding ware up to the present creations, each piece has a coat of beautiful glazing materials and a plethora of brilliant shades to match any décor. You will find them in antique shops and some in online outlets.

Apart from evolving to become one of the most coveted pieces of artifacts, Chinese-made porcelains are also priceless giveaways for special occasions such as birthdays, wedding and anniversaries.