Jingdezhen kilns supplied the most artistically advanced ceramics to the world for centuries. Blue and white porcelain was the most famous product of Jingdezhen, and reached the height of its technical excellence in the early Ching Dynasty. The shipwreck pieces recovered are typical of the highest quality blue and white of the Kangxi period, characterised by charming and sophisticated designs.
They demonstrate a great expertise in the production of a brilliant under glaze in sapphire blue, applied in five or six tones to produce a vibrant, dimensionally nuanced effect, together with a fine thin attractive white (or slightly bluish) silky glaze applied to a stark white and finely formed body. The cobalt blue colouring is distinctive on the early Kangxi porcelain and is referred to as gem blue or Kingfisher Blue, it is much purer and brighter than that of Ming Dynasty wares. Large pieces were uncommon during this period, their manufacture being made difficult by quality control requirements. Designs were sometimes based on Buddhist and Daoist themes, or sourced from illustrations of Ming stories such as The Three Kingdoms or The Romance of the west Chamber together with the dramas Xixiang Ji and Wui Hu Zhuan.Chinese Kangxi blue and white porcelain was increasingly varied and innovative in its designs. The influence of Dutch and other European shapes and designs were in evidence prior to and during the Kangxi period. The very high standards achieved early in Kangxis reign, evident in the samples recovered from the shipwreck, mark the high point of quality for Chinese blue and white ceramics. Quality declined in later stages of the Kangxi Emperors reign, as the huge demand for Chinese blue and white porcelain developed in both overseas and home markets, giving rise to a profusion of unregulated kilns. Quality was diluted by increased production volumes, and as the Ching Dynasty progressed, competition from mass produced wares and the instability of the political environment debased the traditional fine porcelain industry.
The item "Blue Chrysanthemum Chinese Shipwreck Porcelain Box Kangxi c1660" is in sale since Thursday, May 9, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian/Oriental Antiques\Chinese\Porcelain". The seller is "joblackdog" and is located in Norwich. This item can be shipped worldwide.