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Chinese CeramicsChinese ceramics
Porcelain was first produced in China around AD 600. The skilful transformation of ordinary clay into beautiful objects has captivated the imagination of people throughout history and across the globe.
Chinese ceramics, by far the most advanced in the world, were made for the imperial court, the domestic market, or for export. Sir Percival David mostly collected objects of imperial quality or of traditional Chinese taste.
The ancient techniques employed to make ceramicsare still used today – mostly in the rural parts of Mexico. It’s curious howthese groups were able to preserve their artistic techniques – coil building,open firing, natural pigments – and yet they lost their original language andtheir religion.When the Spaniards arrived, the blending ofsocieties allowed the indigenous people to learn new techniques, and thecombination of styles gave life to some of the more famous ceramic styles of Mexicanearthenware, such as the “majolica” or Talavera.