Famille-Rose-Yangcai-Fencai-Chinese-Porcelains | China Online Museum
|Imperial Qianlong Enamel vase, National Palace Museum Collection|
Studying and learning about the wide range of enamels that can be found on Chinese porcelains involves and learning about the history of and evolutions of Chinese porcelain decorating going back at least to the Ming Dynasty. They have many names, some are Chinese in origin and others were names applied to these color palettes by Jesuit missionaries visiting China throughout history.
Famille rose (French: “rose family”) is the group of Chinese porcelain wares characterized by decoration painted in opaque overglaze rose colors, often involving shades of pink and carmine. These colors were known to the Chinese as yangcai (洋彩, “foreign colors”) because they were first introduced from Europe (around 1685). The enamel paint used was originally the type of glaze applied to metal wares, such as cloisonné, and was adapted to porcelain after it entered China.
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