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Decorative Designs in Chinese Art 中国文物的纹饰

Porcelain 瓷器 Yuan Dynasty 元

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
青白釉串珠纹 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
白地黑花龙凤纹扁壶 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
刻花莲花纹 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
青釉贴花凤纹 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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