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Porcelain is a kind of ceramics like terracotta, stoneware and earthenware. Porcelain was developed from stoneware in China. Due to its white color, the fineness of the clay and the robustness (through the high firing) it was hugely superior to stoneware.


The main ingredients of porcelain are kaolin, a white-burning clay (named after the Chinese mountain “KAULIN”), feldspar, and quartz.


The mixture of these ingredients is the best-kept secret of every pottery. The final mixture was called Arcanum” (secret, secret power, nostrum). You can read more about porcelain and the various Chinese and Japanese painting techniques in the articles on this website.



This chinese pot is a beautiful example for the high art of blue and white painting of the Chinese porcelain painters. The pot's shape is rectangluar, but is made octogonal by the notches in the corners. Size: 32 x 32 x 33 cm (12.5 x 12.5 x 13in).



The painting of the single fields is opulent, but overall it has an harmonic appearance.



Bird and Flower fuse into each other, maybe it's an homage to spring?


Peter Krebs


Pot from the collection of Paul Lesniewicz.

Foto: Josef Wiegand


Translation: Stefan Ulrich





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