Thursday, September 23, 2010

Ming Dynasty Treasures

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.

Archeologists find this loot in a Chinese shipwreck. Click here for more details

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.
Other forms of art have been inspired by these visions in blue. Its seems as though the blue and white duo has infiltrated into every form of art and creativity. Here are some home decorating and fashion that are ming-tastic. The last picture is my favorite!

Artwork made by Li Xiaofeng

1 comment:

  1. Hi Lizet,

    congrats on the blog! Some great and inspiring stuff for all os us! Its great to see you take off! Cannto wait to see more of your pottery.