Blue and White Plates, porcelain
China: late Qing Dynasty (late 18th century)
These plates are an example of the blue and white wares that were widely popular during the time period of the 14th century and on. During this time period, the blue hue that Chinese porcelain makers used came from cobalt oxide. Around the beginning of the 14th century, there was a mass export of cobalt from Persia, a time when cobalt blue was worth more than gold. Blue and white porcelain reached the height of its technical excellence during the Qing Dynasty, when the main production center of this porcelain was in Jingdezhen in the Jiangxi Province.
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