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The history of Chinese ceramics is long and remarkable, and they are regarded as one of the most beautiful art forms in the world. Increased trade of Chinese wares with European nations in the 16th century earned China a reputation for its fine sculptures and ceramics, and these items remain popular with western markets today. The extent to which China is noted for its ceramics has even caused many English-speakers to refer to all porcelain as simply “china.”
A large number of Chinese vases exist for buyers and collectors to choose from, and the range of colors, sizes, and prices available ensures that a vase can be found to suit almost any need or interest. Chinese ceramics date back at least as far as the Paleolithic era, and are well-known for their elegant and decorative vases. Vases are a type of pottery that are open on one end and typically used as containers. The sculptor of a particular piece may choose to add handles or decorative flourishes with the clay itself, and many vases are painted for increased beauty.
Generally taller than they are wide, they can be shaped into many different forms depending on the type of clay and kiln used. A kiln is a type of oven designed to bake clay into finished ceramic objects. The appearance and durability of a vase is partly determined by the type of kiln in which it is fired.
Kilns can vary greatly in terms of size and the amount of heat they produce, and they are typically designed in relation to a specific type of clay. Some clays require more or less heat than others and may crack, break, or even explode in the wrong type of kiln. Fine porcelain, for example, is created by exposing clay to high-temperatures for a short period of time.
Other kilns are low-heat and are used for days or even weeks in a single firing. Chinese ceramics bear similarities to Korean and Japanese wares, though in many cases the original aesthetic came from Chinese craftsmen. Buyers should become familiar with the different styles of Chinese vases, as well as their history, in order to choose items that will suit their individual needs and interests. Chinese ceramics are created in many different styles, and the popularity of certain kilns has varied over time. This is particularly true of kilns producing wares that were favored in imperial tea ceremonies.
Chinese royalty often named specific kiln types to be used for its official ceremonies, which often resulted in the increased popularity and longevity of the style. The following chart examines some of the many types of kilns and the time periods in which they were created.
Some vase styles, such as blue and white, enjoy continued popularity and are produced by contemporary ceramicists, while others can only be found as antiques. Research item listings and ask sellers for more information on the age of a specific vase. Due to the desirability of authentic Chinese vases and the high prices for which they are often sold, there are many counterfeit antiques on the market. Buyers can sometimes save thousands of dollars by being able to discern an antique from a replica or counterfeit item. Authentic Chinese antiques are typically distinct from replicas due to their exceptional quality, and experienced buyers will often be able to tell them apart with a personal inspection of the item.
However, first-time buyers should seek out sellers who specialize in Chinese vases, if only for the opportunity to examine an authentic vase in person before buying online. In addition to accredited antiques dealers, there are online forums that can be useful in identifying the age and origin of a particular piece. Websites like the Asian Arts forum or online databases such as Gotheborg can provide buyers with useful information about the nature of a vase.


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