Imperial Jingdezhen plates
The city and region of Jingdezhen, China (also known as Ching-te Chen, China) has been known as the “Porcelain Capital of China” for over 1,700 years, originating during the Han Dynasty. Beginning in 1004, it was decreed that Chinese imperial porcelain would be made in Jingde Zhen.
In London in 2005, a Jingdezhen blue and white porcelain jar from the Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368) sold for over $34 Million – the highest price achieved by a piece of porcelain in the history of all porcelain auctions.
Although Jingdezhen is the home of 9 of the 26 Masters of Art and Craft of China, the highest national accolade generally reserved for the decorators, the Jingdezhen craftsmen throwers are really the unsung heroes and heroines.
Jingdezhen in Jiangxi province, southern China, was the site of the imperial kilns. The city is named for the emperor Jingde (1004-7) in whose reign the kiln centre was established. Jingdezhen has produced most of China's porcelain for the past thousand years.
The earliest wares unearthed at the site were greenwares, dating to the first half of the tenth century. White wares excavated along with these are considered the first true porcelains of Jingdezhen. The blue-tinged qingbai wares appeared about a century later. Underglaze painted wares were first produced at Jingdezhen in the early fourteenth century.
The Mongol rulers of the Yuan dynasty (1279-1368) established an official agency, the Fouliang Porcelain Bureau, to control production. Porcelain was exported in huge quantities during this period, at great profit to the state. The first Ming emperor, Hongwu (1368-98), founded a porcelain factory at Zhushan, in Jingdezhen, which remained the site of the imperial kilns throughout the Ming and Qing dynasties. Hongwu tried to outlaw trade, but this ban was never fully effective and most emperors encouraged exports. Profitable trade continued throughout to the Qing dynasty.
Imperial Jingdezhen produced a number of sensational plates in the 80s and 90s.
There were a series of plates featuring scenes of Chinese 'Beauties of the Red Mansion'.
A series of plates featuring scenes from 'China Scenes from the Summer Palace'
A series of plates featuring scenes from 'China's Imperial Palace: The Forbidden City'
A series of plates featuring scenes from 'Legends of West Lake'
Below are some of the plates we have on sale.