Monday, April 6, 2009

For the love of blue and whiteware ...


The love for blue and white ware is a beautiful and universal ... phenomena ... years old ... decades old ... how about centuries old ... For most of us Indians ... our love for the blue and white starts with jaipur pottery and probably leads to Chinese blue and whitewares ... and there about ... a little travelled lot of us ... is sure to have a bit of English blue and white ware ... It is amazing to know that every culture has its version of blue and white ware ... I never really paid that much attention to this fact... that was untill I got to know about the Sanfrancisco Museum of Asian Art having once organised an Exhibition of Blue and Whiteware from around the world ...( a travelling exhibit from ... I think the British Museum) ... I missed it by a few years :( ... but never the less ... I was so intrigued ...
Read on ... keep looking on ... a peak into the world of beautiful blue and whiteware from around the world ...

An 18 th century Chinese ... blue and white tureen..with very typical Chinese landscape painted on it ... somehow we are so tuned to believe, all blue and white typical comes from China ... I was pleasently surprised to discover origins of blue and white ware from all corners of the world and from different times ...This is not a chinese piece ... infact its a Dutch Delft blue and white vase ,from the late 17th century ... with obvious chinese influence on the painted landscape ... the Chinese influence on pieces from Europe is very obvious considering the sea trade that existed over centuries between the orient and the west ...

This is a piece of ... English blue and white transferware plate, decorated in the centre with a pagoda, willow tree and in the foreground a gentleman and lady standing under a parasol being held by a small boy ... Blue and white is an integral part of Englishware and Chinese influence may be very obvious ... this also was the reason for a lot of factories being successful over the years ...
Ahha ... no, not European ... this time it is really a Chinese, blue and white caddy, Qianlong (1736-95), decorated with landscapes with pine trees ... here lie the origins of a love affair ... that people like us all over the world fall victim too ... and ooh.. so happily ...

This ,here is an Late 17th century Italian double baluster blue and white leaf-decorated albarello ... no Chinese reference here ...
A Dutch Delft blue and white plaque, dated 1753 ... with a Biblical scene painted on it ... though many Dutch pieces do have Chinese scenes painted on them ... like I said before ... reason for the success of many home factories producing local ware and much cheaper as compared to the original ones coming from China ...

A German blue and white faience tankard, c.1760 finely painted with towers amongst trees, bordered by floral decoration ...
French faience tulip vase, mid 18th century, formed in two sections and of a conical form, the upper part pierced with rows of small holes for cut flowers ...

Northern European, large blue and white tin glazed dish with a single handle at the top, 18th century, decorated on the front with flowers and leaf scrolls on the border, the reverse decorated on the base with a galleon and two ships in the distance, and the surrounds with flowers and elaborate leafy scrolls ...

Chinese blue and white tureen and cover, late 18th century, painted with pavilions in river landscape, with animal mask handles ...

Here's a special one ... I 'd truly love to own one of this kind ... a Chinese blue and white goblet and fixed cover, Vung Tau cargo, circa 1690 ...
English blue and white transferware ...tureen ...

Another , Dutch Delft blue and white teacaddy, mark of Mattheus van den Bogaert 1724, decorated with vases of flowers and a pagoda with birds ...

If you were thinking I am only talking about English and Dutch and of course the Chinese blue and white ... well here is a Russian factory with a long and royal history ...I have eyed this beautiful and classic ... Lomonosov Porecelin ... for as long as I can remember ... this here is their Cobalt net tea set ...
... can't have enough of the Lomonosov porcelin ...

Lo and behold ... their Cobalt Checks ... tea set ...


The Singing Garden series ... from Lomonosov porcelin ... please, I have to stop talking about these beauties ... can't have enough of them ... :)
Oh! Dearies ... hold your breath while I introduce you to the Polish Pottery ... Back in 2002 when I first saw these beautiful pieces at Dragers ...San Mateo ... California ... well what more do I say ... I had an electrifying moment ... wanted all they had ... Have you ever gotten that "she's nuts ... this lady" ... look from the sales staff ... hee-hee ... I actually enjoy, that look on their faces ... and then I coyley add ..." just a lil' self gifting"... :) Doesn't that sound like the nicesest thing ever said ... :D

.... Polish pottery is not influenced by the Chinese ... infact the inspiration is the beautiful peacock a lot of times and some times botanicals... just like the Indian Jaipur pottery ... you 'll find it in a few more colors too ... besides the blue and white ... but the blue and white are definite show stoppers ...

... here the peacock influence is more visible in the circular motifs ...
Here's an antique from Persia ... the Persian blue and white bottle vase ... the motif very middle eastern ...
Persian safavid blue and white plate ...


A medieval Islamic , Timurid Dynasty era ... Blue & White Ceramic Bowl ...

A Japanese blue and white ware bowl ... with distinct Japanese scene painted on the inside and out ...

I hadn't heard about the Vietmanese blue and white ware untill I started to look on this subject some time ago ... well heres,a collection that I too was amused to know, exists ..Hoi An Vietmanese Blue and white small boxes ... their description says ... hexagonal and circular form, painted with stylised foliage; and blue and white wine cups each decorated with a scrolling dragon chasing the flame pearl ... so little is known ... but well ... Vietnam has its own version of blue and white ...

A ginger jar with a pointed top ... scene painted is of children playing ...

Another beautiful pieces a blue and white Pinto Box ... these are truly and amazingly beautiful ...

This here is an antique reprodution of a low ginger jar ... with Chinese scroll ...

Typical , Jaipur pottery plate in blue and white ... though other colors are also used ...but the blue and white being so predominant ... I think... it qualifies in this category ...

A scene which can lighten your pocket a decent bit ... I wouldn't know where to start buying ... the plates ... the bowls ...the jars ... the vases ... Jaipur pottery ... addictive and adorable ... the influence is more Islamic and Indian rather than chinese ... as far as the motifs are concerned ...







I saw this picture and had to put it in this post ... I am sure all of you who enjoy porcelin ... pottery ... or just love collecting all the beautifull pieces ... will agree ... it would be difficult getting away from a beautiful shop like this ...

I am sure there are many more blue and white for me to discover ... hope, this tickles your curiosity as well ... to discover the beautiful world of Blue and White.

Images courtsey ...

image-1 ...www.1-bronze-ceramics-wood-gifts-decorative.com , image-2 , 3 ,4 , 5 , 6 , 7 , 8 , 9 , 10 ,11 , 12 , 14 , 24 , 25 ...thttp://www.chinese-porcelain-art.com , image - 13 ... www.antiquepotteryreatoration.com , image - 15 , 17 ... www.lomonosov-russia.com , image - 16 ,18 , 19 ... www.tmora.org , image - 20 , 23 ... www.polandforall.com , image - 21 ... www.thewoodward.com , image - 22 ... www.countryvillagebothell.com/shops/adspolishpottery , image - 26 ... www.ebay.com , image - 27 , 28 ... www.christies.com , image -29 , 30 , 31 ... www.1-bronze-ceramics-wood-gifts-decorative.com , image -32 , 33 ... www.ebay.com , image - 34 .... http://www.baxleystamps.com/litho/meiji

18 comments:

Aditi said...

That was a very informative post! I like to mix and match all my blue and white crockery- some are stark white and blue, while others are a lovely cream color with a blue that is almost violet. Great post!

~mE said...

wow this is such a happy post..thanks for sharing the history behind it.

Sunita said...

I think I've died and gone to crockery heaven !I love, love, LOVE collecting them but had to stop after I ran out of space to keep them :(
But the blue-and-whites are special. For them, I'll always sacrifice space even in my clothes cupboard.
Fantastic informative post, Rajee. Now I just wish I could locate that shop in the last photo ;)

Rekha said...

Wow, Rajee..these are simply beautiful. THanks for the wonderful post.

Rajee Sood said...

Hi Aditi,
Wow ... that made me feel nice ... well ... then again ...come to think of it thats what sharings all about. :)
Soooo ... glad you enjoyed it.

Rajee Sood said...

Hi Sharanya,
You are ever so welcome ... I am sure you'll agree the pleasure is always the blog writers :)
Its great to hear from you.Thanks.

Rajee Sood said...

Hey Sunita,
Come join the hunters club ... always on the hunt for such treasure ... but some thing tells me as for that pictures we just may be a couple of decades late ... darn it... never mind ... the hunt is on ...
Always fun to hear from you Sunita ... thanks for all the comments ... treasured and cherished ...

Rajee Sood said...

Hi Rekha,
Good lord ... don't thank me ... can't tell you how much I enjoyed putting it all together ... thinking of all of you all ... that I'll be sharing it with...
Have to say pleasure is all mine ... including thanks for always taking the time to write in ... always appreciate it .

trueblue said...

OOHhh ! my god ! I am right there with Sunita in Crockery Heaven ! I joined the B/W band only recently .. started with some pieces from the Bombay Co.
The collections you have mentioned are just beautiful . Thanks for taking taking the pain and bringing so much history and info to us.
-Aswathy

Leigh said...

Beautiful, beautiful post. Blue and white has to be one of the most things in the world - can't get enough of these lovelies and am always on the lookout for more special pieces. Also, thank you for your lovely comments - glad your enjoying my selections!

lily-g said...

Hi Rajee,
I love blue and white too! ginger jars filled with beautiful flowers or a collection of special pieces. Thank you for such a beautiful post of my favorite look x

Lakshmi -Celebrations said...

WOnderful Rajee,Good work here.Nice to learn the history behind the blue and white.Lovely.Thanks for painstakingly bringing so much of images together.

Rajee Sood said...

Hi Aswathy,
Thank God I finished this post ... am I glad ... I was so many times inclined to delete it but I guess , it had to see the daylight ... plus I learned so much myself ... in doing all the researsh for it.Your comments and appreciation makes all the burning, midnight oil worth it ... thanks for taking the time to write in to me.Truly appreciate it.

Rajee Sood said...

Hi Leigh,
Glad the blue and white made you drop by ... its always great to hear from you.THanks a ton. And yes,you can count on it ... you'll hear from me often ... do admire your style selection.

Rajee Sood said...

Hi Judy,
The loveliest surprise to hear from you on my blog ... thanks you made my day ... yes I agree every bit about the blue and white ... I love filling them up with flowers ... I especially love the ones with brass work.

Rajee Sood said...

Hi Lakshmi,
Have to say all the comments and appreciation... it really is making me feel nice about all the effort it took to finish the post ... thanks for making my day... it is so satisfying to know all my readers enjoyed it... love to hear from you ... always.And thanks a ton .

vineeta said...

Brilliant post! There's a world of eyecandy & information all packed into one here. I'm book marking this one for future reference :)

Rajee Sood said...

Hi there Vineeta,
Glad you are marking it ... tells me how infectious these things can be ... and knowing how much you put into your posts ... feel free to comeback and add more to this :)

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