Antiques: zoom on old Chinese porcelain

Published on : 22 September 20202 min reading time

China, a unique country, is none other than the country where porcelain had been discovered and had evolved over the years. Chinese porcelain antiques are the subject of a rich and fascinating culture. Appearing more than ten thousand years ago, this art has become a cultural heritage. It holds an important value both nationally and internationally. The Chinese dynasties brought an improvement to porcelain, and this continues to this day.

History of Chinese porcelain

The history of Chinese porcelain antiquities began during the Qin Dynasty from 221 to 226 BC. The pre-porcelain meadows were discovered under the ground, not far from the Qin emperor’s mausoleum. An army of terracotta warriors was found, these were the warriors of Qin Shi Huang Di. But today, Chinese experts believe that real porcelain appeared in the Han dynasty.

During the Tang Dynasty from 618 to 907, porcelain underwent several improvements: a smooth surface, improved colour thanks to new firing methods, they are also translucent. They are presented under new aspects.

The different Chinese dynasties (Song, Yuan, Ming, Qing…) had improved the appearance of porcelain by using several materials and methods. Porcelain became more and more elegant while keeping its simplicity.

Chinese porcelain: cultural object

Chinese porcelain antiques are part of the country’s cultural heritage. Even though they appeared centuries ago, porcelain is a true work of art, finely crafted by Chinese craftsmen in successive eras. Chinese porcelain has become a collector’s item, rare to find and unearth. It is also a cultural art. A magnificent texture with various patterns, porcelain is however used in culinary art (bowl, plate, cup…), but with the Chinese dynasties, they were also used to make decorative objects such as vases, pots…

The value of Chinese porcelain

Given its rarity and diversity, Chinese porcelain is an object that can be bought at a very high price. However, it is auctioned, sold privately, and often bought by high class people, or collectors who are crazy about Chinese porcelain.

Chinese porcelain antiques are exported to various countries, which favours the development of China. Even today, ancient Chinese porcelain is still one of the best cultural heritages in the world.

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