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Decorative Designs in Chinese Art 中国文物的纹饰

Fire Design 火纹
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Yuan Dynasty

The well known blue and white porcelain 青花 was developed at Jingdezhen Kiln in the Yuan Dynasty (1279—1368). The blue color comes from use of an oxide with a high proportion of cobolt.

The pot below was created with a greenish-glazed white 青白釉 technique, developed at the Jingdezhen Kiln, where the piece is from. The characteristic of this technique is the intermediate color of the glaze between green and white. The design is a string bead design 串珠纹.

Greenish-glazed white
景德镇窑 (1279〜1368) 首都博物馆
Greenish-Glazed White Pot with String Bead Design
Jingdezhen Kiln, Yuan Dynasty (1279—1368), Capital Museum, Beijing

The flat pot below uses a dragon and phoenix design 龙凤纹.

dragon and phoenix design
磁州窑 (1279〜1368) 首都博物馆
Black painted white base flat pot with dragon and phoenix design
Cizhou Kiln, Yuan Dynasty (1279—1368), Capital Museum, Beijing

The lotus design on the yellow-glazed plate below is abstract, reflecting a minimalistic taste among a certain class of people of the time.

Ginger-yellow glazed porcelain bowl with lotus pattern
耀州窑 (1279〜1368) 上海博物馆
Ginger-yellow glazed porcelain bowl with lotus design
Yazhou Kiln, Yuan Dynasty (1279—1368), Shanghai Museum

To allow a colored design, the phoenix on the celadon plate below were attached after glazing.

Celadon plate with attached cloud and phoenix design
龙泉窑 (1279〜1368) 上海博物馆
Celadon plate with attached cloud and phoenix design
Longquan Kiln, Yuan Dynasty (1279—1368), Shanghai Museum
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