Design Bits: Chinese Blue and White


Did you know that the beautiful blue and white porcelain works that the Chinese made popular actually originated in the middle east?  Well of course the Chinese perfected it, but the cobalt blue that was used was actually mined in central Iran and then eventually shipped to China.  The technique was fully developed in the 14th Century, when mass production began.  They are often referred to as Ming Vases because they were mostly produced during the Ming Dynasty from 1368-1644.  Names such as Xuande, Jiajing and Wanli refer to the Emperors who ruled during the period they were created.  Earlier pieces include pictorials of dragons, cranes and lotus flowers, while later on when exports to Europe began, pictorials were of chinese scenery. 




 And if you are wondering what it would look like to wear one of these extravagant prints.  Roberto Cavalli translated one on to silk in 2005, for this stunner of a gown.

Vases from Christie's, Gown from Style.com

5 comments:

  1. LOVE LOVE LOVE anything blue and white. My absolute favorite color combination..so rich, elegant and timeless. And that dress has been on my wish list forever and ever..waiting for someone to do a cheaper version..lol! Its sooo gorgeous. There is no room or space that isn't enhanced and not made more beautiful without a touch of blue and white..thanks for the history lesson too!

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  2. HOLA!!!!!MUY BUENO TU BLOG,TIENES MUCHO GUSTO!!!!!MIRA EL MIO ES NUEVO,SALUDOS.

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  3. I have always loved blue and white and at one point all our dishes were blue and white & I must say I really enjoyed having them :) ... That dress though is to die for! How truly gorgeous is that. Can you imagine walking into a room with that on? Come to think of it, I wonder why we don't use large prints like this more often for glamour dresses? Great Post!

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  4. Great informative post! Love when I learn something new. I'd love to have a dress like that too. What a stunner!

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  5. My heart just flipped when I saw the gorgeous blue and white containers, Vitania! That dress is also to die for!

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