Export Blue & White Porcelain

Porcelain arrived in Europe in the early 16th century.  Extremely rare and beautiful these pieces were originally valued more highly than gold as they appeared to hold light and the colors remained brilliant.  Blue and White porcelain was made in China and Japan with some production in Vietnam and Korea.  Originally pieces where brilliant white but over time the brilliant white changed as did the cobalt blue.  This is one of the ways pieces are dated.