Decorative Art

Decorative Art

18th Century Chinese VaseChinese Porcelain Blue and White Double Gourd Vase, 18th Century, 18 inches tall.
Replacement Value: $12,000+

Introduced to Europe in the fourteenth century, Chinese porcelains were regarded as objects of great rarity and luxury. The examples that appeared in Europe in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries were often mounted in gilt silver, which emphasized their preciousness and transformed them into entirely different objects. By the early sixteenth century—after Portugal established trade routes to the Far East and began commercial trade with Asia—Chinese potters began to produce objects specifically for export to the West and porcelains began to arrive in some quantity. Source: metmuseum.org

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