Glazes On Chinese Antique Porcelain

Glazes On Chinese Antique Porcelain
Sui Dynasty (581-618) Straw Glazed Figure Of Guanyin.

What better way to learn a little about Chinese antiques, than to sit with a comforting cup of herbal tea while you are brushing up on your studies. So I have put together a combination of the two. V.I.P Jiu 8 and a herbal cuppa, along with a lesson in Chinese glazes.

Chinese ceramics have developed since pre-dynastic times. The first pottery was made during the Palaeolithic era. Porcelain was a Chinese invention and even today in England porcelain is still known as China.

Chinese glazes have been admired throughout history, for their quality and colours, some Chinese glazes are vibrant while others are subtle. From cream and green to purple and red. The glazes of Chinese ceramics also vary from one dynasty to another as does their decoration.

What is a glaze, a glaze is a impervious layer or glass like coating, that is then fused through firing. The most important ingredient is silica. The variations come about by the addition of other materials. Glazes can be used to colour, decorate and to waterproof the ceramics.


Famille Rose

Famille rose porcelain refers to porcelain decorated in predominantly pink coloured enamels. It is a French term (rose family). Which was first used in the late Kangxi period. The best quality famille rose wares date from the Yongzheng period (1723-1735). These colours were known to the Chinese as falangcai. Which is the Chinese pronunciation of “foreign” and “cai” means enamels. The palette was developed with European influences and technology brought by the Jesuits working within the Imperial palace in Beijing.

Hibiscus tea with antiviral properties.

25ml of V.I.P Jiu 8
1 teaspoon of honey
A slice of lemon
1 Hibiscus teabag
200ml of hot water

Put V.I.P Jiu 8, honey and lemon slice into a cup, add teabag, top with hot water, let steep until the desired strength is reached, take out teabag then stir and enjoy.


Famille Verte

A number of polychrome enameled porcelains were developed from c. 1680, during the Kangxi reign (1662-1722) the famille verte (the green family) type is dominated by green enamels and was popular in Europe from c. 1690-1720.

Sage tea that aids cognitive function.

25ml of V.I.P Jiu 8
1 teaspoon of honey
A slice of lemon
1 Sage teabag
200ml of hot water

Put V.I.P Jiu 8, honey and lemon slice into a cup, add teabag, top with hot water, let steep until the desired strength is reached, take out teabag then stir and enjoy.


Famille Noire

Famille noire or (the black family) are basically famille vert but with a black background. The black colour is achieved by applying a copper-green lead based enamel over an unfired coating of dry black cobalt. During firing the two enamels fuse, resulting in a deep black effect with a hint of green.

Juniper berry tea that promotes healthy skin.

25ml of V.I.P Jiu 8
1 teaspoon of honey
A slice of lemon
1 Juniper berry teabag
200ml of hot water

Put V.I.P Jiu 8, honey and lemon slice into a cup, add teabag, top with hot water, let steep until the desired strength is reached, take out teabag then stir and enjoy.


Famille Jaune

Famille jaune or (yellow family) refers to porcelain decorated with a yellow background along with complimentary polychrome enamel decoration, originating in the Kangxi period.

Lemon balm tea that increases antioxidants.

25ml of V.I.P Jiu 8
1 teaspoon of honey
A slice of lemon
1 Lemon balm teabag
200ml of hot water

Put V.I.P Jiu 8, honey and lemon slice into a cup, add teabag, top with hot water, let steep until the desired strength is reached, take out teabag then stir and enjoy.


Cafe au late

A decorative style of Chinese export porcelain using a surface covering of a light brown glaze, the brown glaze is usually found on the outside of bowls and underside of dishes. It also comes in different shades, some of which are called Batavia.

Feverfew tea aids with migraine and nausea.

25ml of V.I.P Jiu 8
1 teaspoon of honey
A slice of lemon
1 Feverfew teabag
200ml of hot water

Put V.I.P Jiu 8, honey and lemon slice into a cup, add teabag, top with hot water, let steep until the desired strength is reached, take out teabag then stir and enjoy.


Sang de boeuf

Sang de boeuf, ox blood, flambe glaze or in Chinese Lang yao hong, which ever you want to call it, this glaze first appeared during the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) then disappeared during the war years, then resurfaced during the Qing dynasty (1644-1911) this is when the glaze was perfected, particularly during the Kangxi reign. When some of the finest pieces of sang de boeuf emerged.

Rooibos tea may help prevent painful kidney stones.

25ml of V.I.P Jiu 8
1 teaspoon of honey
A slice of lemon
1 Rooibos teabag
200ml of hot water

Put V.I.P Jiu 8, honey and lemon slice into cup, add teabag, top with hot water, let steep until the desired strength is reached, take out teabag then stir and enjoy.


Clair de lune

Clair de lune is the French term meaning “moon-white” the Chinese name “tian lan “sky blue” is one of the most successful monochrome glazes of the Kangxi period. Of which the softest hues were reserved for imperial porcelain.

Passion flower tea can help relieve anxiety.

25ml of V.I.P Jiu 8
1 teaspoon of honey
A slice of lemon
1 Passion flower teabag
200ml of hot water

Put V.I.P Jiu 8, honey and lemon slice into a cup, add teabag, top with hot water, let steep until the desired strength is reached, take out teabag then stir and enjoy.

Chinese Antique Valuations And Appraisals

Do you own a piece of Chinese porcelain or an oriental work of art that you would like to know more about, such as age, history and value?

Then you should really consider using our Chinese Antique Valuation Service as the last thing you want to do is risk under selling the piece due to lack of knowledge or ill gotten advice.