The earliest Chinese pottery has been dated back around 18,000 years years ago in southern China. China has great resources in raw materials for the art. During the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) we see a real advancement in ceramics and fine porcelain. Much of their form and style has been mimicked since. Ming dynasty ceramics are mostly known for their signature blue and white floral motifs. Ceramics also depicted dragons, landscapes, and people. They look amazing and incredibly regal.
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In the late 16th century, Medici porcelain was a very early Chinese porcelian-like ceramic in Europe. Many were givin as diplomatic gifts.
Portuguese azulejo (ceramic tiles) art was first introduced through Spain by the moors in the 15th century. It wasn't until the 16th and 17th centuries that the Spanish brought majolica glazes and paints from Italy. The azulejos sometimes cover buildings on the inside as well the outside.They are famous for making mosaics with the brilliantly made tiles.
Below is a beautiful plate mass produced by Courier and Ives. There company was based in New York City 1834-1907. I believe they also came in green and red. My mom has this whole damn set.
Of course it has a different landscape, but follows all the same rules of the Ming ceramics: pretty border and landscape in the middle.
|Artwork made by Li Xiaofeng|