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Porcelain Plate
Porcelain Plate
Artist / Origin Unknown artist, Jingdezhen, Jiangxi Province, China
Region: East Asia
Date Yuan Dynasty, mid-14th century
Material Porcelain with underglaze blue
Medium: Ceramics
Dimensions Diam.: 18 in. (45.7 cm.)
Location The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York
Credit Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art/Photo by Max Yawney

expert perspective

Alan ChongCurator of the Collection, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Ladan AkbarniaAssociate Curator of Islamic Art, Brooklyn Museum
Ladan AkbarniaAssociate Curator of Islamic Art, Brooklyn Museum

Porcelain Plate

» Unknown artist, Jingdezhen, Jiangxi Province, China

expert perspective

Alan Chong Alan Chong Curator of the Collection, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Porcelain is this Chinese and East Asian ceramic that can withstand very high temperatures. You can actually cook with it, and it was a closely guarded secret in China. And for centuries, Western ceramicists tried to make porcelain. They even get some of the recipes and they look for the ingredients and they really can’t do it until the eighteenth century. It takes hundreds of years.” 

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