Blanc de chine

DEFINITION

The Western name (from the French) for the Chinese porcelain made at T? Hua (Dehua) in Fukien (Fujian) Province in southeast China from the seventeenth century (Ming Dynasty). Blanc de Chine is highly translucent and all-white ? in many shades of white glaze, rarely with further decoration. Names for the various blanc de Chine whites include "ivory white," "goose-feather white," and "pork-fat white" (slightly pinkish). Most blanc de Chine is sculptural rather than utilitarian. There are many Buddhist deities and personalities, as well as animals, natural and mythical.(pr. BLAHNK də-SHEEN)Also see ivory.

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