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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Arita - Japanese Porcelain Blooming time - 香蘭社 有田焼 青華春蘭

During transition period between Ming and Qing dynasty created an opportunity for the Japenese. The major production area in China, Ching Te Chen, become inactive because of the wars. The European who had been exporting large amount of the Chinese procelain had no option but to find other sources to fill the big demand back home.

They asked Japan to provide them with Chinese style porcelain. The demand was larger than the offer.

In 1659, about sixty thousand pieces of Japan porecelain were shipped to Batavia, the headquarters of the Dutch V.O.C. (Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie).
The porcelain was in the similar style of the Chinese Wanli period or in the Chinese transition style. They are all made at Arita (therefore it is called "Blue and White Arita").
Chinese production of porcelain at Ching Tê Chen started to production again in 1681, creating competition with Japan  market. China could offer more to the Dutch.

The production of Japanese porcelain decreased.
In stead of becoming a dying trade, the Japanese procelain evoled from Chinese style to thier own style. Japanese painting styles from the Tosa and Kano school deployed in porcelain art.

The Japan procelain design became popular, but ...

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