Kangxi Porcelain: The Finest Period in Chinese Porcelain Production - Bear and Raven Antiques

Kangxi Porcelain: The Finest Period in Chinese Porcelain Production

Kangxi bottle vase at MetThe Chinese Kangxi Period (1662-1722) is considered to be one of the finest periods in Chinese porcelain production, and is known for its high quality, wide range of forms, and exquisite decoration.

Kangxi porcelain was made at the imperial kilns in Jingdezhen, China. The kilns were under the direct control of the Kangxi Emperor, and he took a personal interest in the production of porcelain. He ordered the use of the finest materials, and the most skilled craftsmen. As a result, Kangxi porcelain is known for its white, translucent body, and its glossy, even glaze.

Kangxi porcelain was decorated with a wide variety of motifs, including flowers, birds, animals, landscapes, and figures. The decoration was often executed in underglaze blue, overglaze enamels, or both. Kangxi porcelain was also decorated with a variety of techniques, including carving, incising, and gilding.

Kangxi porcelain was used for both ceremonial and everyday purposes. It was used to serve food and drink, to store food and other goods, and to display decorative objects. Kangxi porcelain was also exported to Europe and other parts of the world, where it was highly prized by collectors and connoisseurs.

Kangxi porcelain is still highly prized today, and is considered to be one of the most beautiful and valuable types of Chinese porcelain. It is often collected by museums and private connoisseurs because of the high level of craftsmanship and artistry that was achieved during the Kangxi Emperor's reign.

Here are some of the most notable characteristics of Kangxi porcelain:

  • White, translucent body
  • Glossy, even glaze
  • Wide range of forms
  • Exquisite decoration
  • Used for both ceremonial and everyday purposes
  • Highly prized by collectors and connoisseurs

Although exquisite pieces can sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars or more, you can still find many fine examples for much less.


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