Hand-book of a Collection of Chinese Porcelains

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Page 17 - Many other notices from travellers of the 14th and loth centuries might be cited. It was probably through Egypt that it reached Europe ; at any rate a present of porcelain vases was sent by the Sultan of Egypt in 1487 to Lorenzo de' Medici. To the Portuguese is no doubt due the first direct importation of Chinese wares into Europe, in which they were followed by the various India Companies of Holland, England, France, Sweden, &c.
Page 14 - The troubles of the later Emperors of the Ming dynasty, who succeeded one another rapidly, and were constantly at war with the Tatars, probably caused the porcelain works to fall into decay ; we hear at any rate nothing of their productions, nor have any dated specimens been seen.
Page 16 - Keen-lung (1736-1795) reigned for 60 years, when he abdicated. A large quantity of fine china was made during his long reign, much of it exhibiting very rich and minute decoration. Under his successors the manufacture appears again to have diminished in excellence, and the destruction caused by the rebellion of the Tai-pings not only greatly interfered with the extent of production, but caused the downfall of the most celebrated of the fabrics, that of King-te-chin. As...
Page 16 - As, however, we have already said, the native accounts do not furnish much information that can be rendered available ; but they show very clearly that at all times the porcelain makers were in the habit of copying the works of their predecessors, and instances are given where they have even succeeded in imposing upon the best judges of their own country. The places at which manufactories of porcelain have existed or still exist in China are very...
Page 3 - CeYamiques," by A. Brongniart, 1844. The only work which affords any native evidence on the history of Chinese porcelain, and the various places at which it has been manufactured, is the " Histoire de la fabrication de la Porcelaine chinoise," translated from the Chinese by M.
Page 23 - I have also seen porcelain decorated with Chinese and Tartar female figures in the most exquisite manner, resembling enamels. "If no other glaze is used than that made from white stones, crackle ware is produced. The glaze gives a grayish white color by itself, but it will produce the same effect on pieces which have been colored.
Page 21 - The town is situated in a plain surrounded by high mountains ; the one to the east, against which the town is built, is outwardly in form of a semicircle ; and from the two adjacent mountains issue two rivers which unite. One is small, the other very large, and their confluence forms a magnificent port over three miles in length...
Page 25 - A kind of glaze called tsoui'-yeou produces innumerable little cracks over the surface when applied alone. It renders the object very brittle, and destroys its ringing tone when struck, but when mixed with other glazes it does not. * * * The mixture used to produce the peculiar black...
Page 22 - They make some of solid red and of different shades and appearances, those of ' oily ' red soufflt having the appearance of being stippled. When these pieces are successful, which is very seldom, they are highly prized, and command a large price. There are also objects on which landscapes are painted in many colors and...
Page 22 - King-te-tchin say that in ancient times the people only used white porcelain; this was probably because at that time the stone was not yet found, near Jao-tcheou, from which the blue is made. That now used for fine pieces comes from a great distance and is very costly. It is reported that a Chinese...

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