Cantonese porcelain is a style of ceramic ware decorated in what is now Guangzhou the capitol of Guangdong, which was the only legal port prior to 1842 to export goods to Europe. Making it one of the biggest export wares produced in China during the 18th -20th century.
Porcelain was not made in Canton, but enameling factories around Canton were numerous during the first decade of the 18th century. They became predominant suppliers of enamel decoration by the end of 1730, due to the demand from western buyers.
The different ships for the east India companies wanted the porcelain orders to be placed in the bottom of the ships hold, before they began loading the main cargo, which was tea.
The export ware was made, glazed and fired at Jingdezhen, then taken to Canton (now Guangzhou) to be decorated.
For centuries the Chinese had kept the secret for hard paste porcelain, by not allowing foreigners into the country. All trade by ship was carried out in the port of Canton. Only the captain of the ship was allowed ashore and trade was conducted in buildings close to the river. There are several periods of Canton decoration, beginning 1784 -1810 when the finest decorated Canton ware was produced.
Then with the passing of the emperor Qianlong in 1796 the quality began to diminish until 1839. As demand for porcelain increased, so short cuts were taken to speed up production. Then with the first opium war in 1839 trade ceased for almost 20 years.
Polychrome Smile – Baijiu Cocktail
45ml of V.I.P Jiu 8
20ml of Mandarin orange liqueur
10ml of dry vermouth
10ml of sweet vermouth
3 ice cubes
An orange slice
Put everything, except orange slice into a cocktail shaker and shake to mix, strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with orange slice, enjoy!