Qing Dynasty Ceramics Porcelain History | China Online Museum
|Fine Kangxi Vase, Circa 1700. Jingdezhen Kilns China|
The great Jingdezhen kilns that had supplied the most artistically advanced ceramics to the world for centuries were largely destroyed during the dislocations that led to the fall of the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644). Fortunately, the Manchu rulers of the new Qing (pronounced Ching) Dynasty (1644 - 1911) were enthusiastic patrons of the arts. The Imperial Porcelain factories were rebuilt under the Kangxi emperor and production resumed in 1683. Flourishing under his support and continuing into an era of creativity never before seen for over 120 years.
The peak of Chinese ceramic production was seen in the reigns of Kangxi (1661-1722), Yongzheng (1722-1735), and Qianlong (1735-1796) during which improvement was seen in almost all ceramic types, including the blue and white wares, polychrome wares, etc. The improved enamel glazes of early Qing Dynasty being fired at a higher temperature also acquired a more brilliant look than those of the Ming Dynasty.
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