This book describes the production of porcelain, which reached a peak of technical perfection in the early eighteen century, and sets it against a wider historical and political background. The story is followed right through to the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, a period which has often been neglected. Information on techniques and on kiln construction is linked with descriptions of the personalities behind the industry. Technological advances led to many manufacturing and decorating innovations, which are illustrated by key pieces from the V&A's fine collection. Rich color glazes, sparkling blue and white and brilliant enamel-decorated vessels are all testimony to the important role played by ceramics in the history of Chinese art and design.
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