Finest Ceramics From China (Jingdezhen) Can Now Be Found In Orlando
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Knowing where Chinatown is near your city or town would help greatly in economizing your budget, expanding your palate and repertoire for interior decorating. There are a lot of diamond in the rough locations in Chinatown area, so it is important to know where to look for these nuggets. In Central Florida or cities near Orlando, there is a Chinatown near the 1st Oriental Supermarket (5132 W. Colonial Dr., Orlando, FL 32808, 8:30 am-9:00 pm daily). From time to time, I would visit this area (about 20-25 minutes drive from Windermere) to find some interesting and exotic items not offered elsewhere. On this particular day, I found a fantastic location at 5108 W. Colonial Dr., Orlando, FL , where Jingdezhen Ceramics/Ware (Chinese: 景德镇陶瓷) can be found.
Jingdezhen (or the Town of Jingde) is in northeastern Jiangxi province of China bordering Anhui to the north. It is known as the “Porcelain Capital” because it has been producing pottery for 1,700 years. The city has a well-documented history that dates back over 2,000 years.
Jingdezhen’s porcelain has been famous not only in China but in time it became known internationally for being “as thin as paper, as white as jade, as bright as a mirror, and as sound as a bell“. The late Guo Moruo, a famous historian and scholar of China wrote a poem that says (in translation): “China is well known in the world for its porcelain, and Jingdezhen is the most well-known center, with the highest quality porcelain in China“. Jingdezhen is believed to have produced pottery as early as the sixth century CE.
Most Jingdezhen porcelain is valued by collectors of antique porcelain throughout the world. According to media reports, a blue and white porcelain jar produced in Jingdezhen during the Yuan dynasty was auctioned for the equivalent of RMB 230,000,000 yuan in London in 2005. This was the highest price ever achieved by a piece of porcelain. The reason for the high price is that experts believe it represents the pinnacle of the development of Chinese blue and white porcelain.
The Jingdezhen Qingbai was a transparent and jade-like type of porcelain, with a blueish-white glaze. Decoration was made by delicate carving or incising.
The earliest piece of Chinese porcelain documented to have reached Europe, was a Qingbai porcelain bottle from Jingdezhen, which arrived in Europe in the middle of the 14th century: the
Fonthill vase. Jingdezhen ware continues to be produced and shipped around the world, now arriving here in Central Florida.
To see some of the Jingdezhen ware now available in the Jingdezhen Fine Ceramics Exhibition Center in Orlando (5108 W. Colonial Dr., Orlando, FL.), I’ve prepared some photos for you, below:
If you reside in Central Florida region and are looking for fine interior decors or furniture, then don’t forget to check out this location soon for this Jingdezhen Exhibition Center is only temporarily planning on exhibiting and selling for the month of September.
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Gathered, written, photographed, and posted by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker
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