Porcelain of the world October 18, 2015 10:00

Nyonya PorcelainSeeing as our first collection of silk scarf designs take inspiration from Porcelain; specifically the Peranakan Porcelain or what is more commonly referred to as ‘Nyonyaware’, we thought it will be nice to share some knowledge pertaining Porcelain of the world. 
   
Porcelain is an art form in the olden days. It still is, or more so now; seeing as such craftsmanship is slowly diminishing. It all started from the Chinese Empire, the period of Eastern Han Dynasty in the third century. The style slowly developed into its very recognizable blue and white, result of the Ming Dynasty legacy.
   
The Chinese and French porcelain are recognised as the most famous in the world, though there are more country specific porcelain with its own design, materials and signature style. Here, we would like to show you the different types of porcelain from each country and how you can distinguish them. 
 
(Image on the left : Nyonya Porcelain)

 
 Porcelain designs from each country can vary. 

   
  • Chinese porcelain is usually blue and white. The painted designs mostly represent the Chinese landscapes, auspicious dragons and flowers where each element is symbolic.
  • French design shows landscape, fruit, flowers and uses a large palette of bright colours.
      Russian porcelain
  • The Greeks and Roman Gods particularly inspire the Italian style.
  • English and German porcelain mainly includes floral designs of European characteristics with a large palette of colour.
  • Japanese have elaborate landscape decorations in thick gold, red, blue and some other colours.
  • The Oriental culture is very remarkable in the Turkish porcelain, composed of arabesque or Arab alphabet with floral designs and very bright colours.
      
  • Porcelain figurines are very popular in Spain with mainly graceful women or animals.

Spanish porcelain figurine