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Jingdezhen, in Jiangxi province, is among the most famous centers of porcelain production in China. The town has been described as one of the earliest "industrial" towns in world history, and the pottery kilns at Jingdezhen have been active for over a thousand years. They were one of the chief locations where China's now-world-famous blue-and-white (qingbai) porcelains were produced.

They first became prominent during the Yuan Dynasty, as their exported wares became famed for their thin walls and light weight, and later quite highly demanded throughout much of Europe and Asia. During the Ming Dynasty, the potters of Jingdezhen continued to innovate, while producing wares both for the Imperial Court, and as commissions for trade.

References

  • Gallery labels, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco.
  • Gallery labels, British Museum.[1]
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