Famille-rose porcelain, so called its pink enamel, first came into being during the Yongzheng reign (1723-1735) in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) and continued to be made throughout the Qianlong reign (1736-1795) and beyond. Main materials and techniques used to make the porcelain were all introduced from abroad in the beginning.
Crystalline glazes instantly capture the eye. They can dazzle and excite. They are seductive. Turning a piece to the light, the intricate crystals appear to float within the glaze. Images of frost, flowers or thistles blowing In the wind excite the imagination.
Chinese garden stools have been around for 1,000 years, according to historians. The barrel- drum-shaped stool originated as tree stumps and large rocks, both used to keep Chinese herb and flower cultivators at plant level of gardeners could manicure their beloved gardens.
Following in the tradition of earlier qingbai porcelains, blue and white wares are glazed using a transparent porcelain glaze. The blue decoration is painted onto the body of the porcelain before glazing, using very finely ground cobalt oxide mixed with water. After the decoration has been applied the pieces are glazed and fired.
Color-glazed porcelain was one of Jingdezhen's major products during the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties. It was colored using both high-temperature and low-temperature glazes, with copper, iron, or gold as the color agent. From the time of the Yongzheng and Qianlong reigns, iron has successfully been utilized for its even, clear and stable glaze qualities. Red porcelain has always been the most popular since the Chinese consider red an auspicious and precious color.