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Blue-and-White Porcelain and Stoneware

Blue-and-white ware is named for a cobalt blue pigment used in its decoration. The pure white body provided by porcelain serves as a brilliant contrast for varying shades of striking cobalt blue paint, which is applied directly on the body; when fired, the vitrified surface looks as if it has been coated with a clear glaze. This technique was first developed at the Jingdezhen kilns in southeast China in the Yuan dynasty (1279–1368), when trade routes with western Asia were active and cobalt could be imported from Persia, although indigenous sources were later discovered. Jingdezhen has continued to dominate the production of Chinese blue-and-white ware down to modern times. These beautiful wares were later replicated in other Asian and European ceramics.

Much of the earliest Chinese blue-and-white pottery has been found outside the country with decoration that suggests it catered to foreign rather than domestic tastes, supporting the theory that it was at first created primarily for export. Making its way to Southeast Asia in the fourteenth century, blue-and-white ware informed Vietnamese pottery traditions. It became popular in Japan during the seventeenth century, when Arita porcelain factories located on the Southern island of Kyûshû produced much of these wares. Like in China, many Japanese porcelains were made for export to Western markets through the Dutch East India Company. Later, as domestic demand increased, designs drew more heavily on Japanese themes and tradition. Chinese blue-and-white ware has also informed Thai (Sawankhalok) and Dutch Delft ceramic traditions.

A small, thin, porcelain bowl with an everted, foliate rim, on a foot ring.  It is painted in an underglaze blue decoration of birds and flowers, separated into eight panels on both the interior and exterior, and covered in a clear glaze. 
Chinese
Bowl
glaze and underglaze on porcelain
3 1/16 in x 4 15/16 in x 4 15/16 in (7.78 cm x 12.54 cm x 12.54 cm)
Museum purchase made possible by the Augusta Plumer Weiss Memorial Fund
Chinese
Blue-and-white tea cup with abstract floral design (1 of 5)
porcellaneous stoneware with blue and white glaze
1 7/8 in. x 3 5/8 in. x 3 5/8 in. ( 4.8 cm x 9.2 cm x 9.2 cm )
Bequest of Margaret Watson Parker
Chinese
Blue-an-white cargo bowl "Batavian" with abstract landscape design and "cafe au lait" exterior
1745 – 1755
porcelain with blue underglaze painting
Gift of the William T. and Dora G. Hunter Collection
2002/2.12
Chinese
Lamp Stand in the shape of a teapot with floral designs
porcelain with blue underglaze painting
6 1/2 in. x 5 1/4 in. x 4 5/16 in. ( 16.5 cm x 13.3 cm x 11 cm )
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund
This small jar is decorated with three horizontal lines around the rim and floral scrolls on the body. It was placed on coarse sand during firing. Poor sintering of clay and fusion of glaze have produced many pinholes. Glaze is not evenly coated on the surface, causing glaze crawling and diminishing of gloss. Product of a regional kiln in the late 19th century, the jar is damaged around the rim. Small jars as this one were esteemed by collectors, who were keen on small objects, in the 1980s.<br />
[Korean Collection, University of Michigan Museum of Art (2014) p.174]
Korean
Blue-and-White Jar with Bamboo Design
19th century
porcelain with blue underglaze painting
Gift of Bruce and Inta Hasenkamp and Museum purchase made possible by Elder and Mrs. Sang-Yong Nam
2004/1.278
Porcelain plate with raised brown rim.  The inner circle uses blue underglaze painting to illustrate a jar with a lid that reads in kanji "fragrant orchid"
Tomimoto Kenkichi
Plate with painted design of a covered jar, 'Fragrant Orchid'
1900 – 1963
Porcelain with blue underglaze painting and iron glaze
Gift in memory of Harold Philip Stern
1978/1.165
Japanese
Arita ware shallow dish with landscape scene of fishing boats by a willow tree
19th century
porcelain with blue underglaze painting
Gift of Toshiko Ogita in memory of Tomoo Ogita
1987/1.304
The upper surface of this vessel features a circle with the Chinese character &quot;je (祭: ancestral rite)&quot; rendered inside in cobalt blue pigment. The tray features blemishes, while the rims show traces of use. The foot retains traces of coarse sand supports stuck to it during firing. This type of ritual vessel has been excavated from the upper sediment layers of waste deposits of kilns in front of what is now Bunwon-ri Elementary School in Gwangju-si, Gyeonggi-do. Such vessels are presumed to have been produced immediately before the Bunwon-ri kiln cloised down and to have been widely supplied to the general public.&nbsp;<br />
[Korean Collection, University of Michigan Museum of Art (2014) p.196]
Korean
Blue-and-white ritual stand with character for 'che' [ritual]
19th century
porcelain with blue underglaze painting
Gift of Bruce and Inta Hasenkamp and Museum purchase made possible by Elder and Mrs. Sang-Yong Nam
2004/1.283
Japanese
Plate
porcelain with blue underglaze painting
1 3/4 in. x 9 7/16 in. x 9 7/16 in. ( 4.4 cm x 24 cm x 24 cm )
Gift of Mrs. C.E. Ball
This porcelain jar with cylindrical body, has a recessed neck and foot with the same diameter. The body is decorated with underglaze blue paintings of magpies, plum branches, and bamboo, with floral scrolls around neck. The jar is covered with a clear glaze and is missing the dome capped lid. 
Chinese
Jar
porcelain with underglaze, and glaze
6 3/4 in x 4 1/8 in x 4 1/8 in (17.2 cm x 10.5 cm x 10.5 cm);4 1/16 in (10.4 cm);7 1/16 in (18 cm);7 1/2 in (19 cm)
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund
Japanese
Blue-and-white plate with floral motif painting, Imari ware
17th century
porcelain with blue underglaze painting
Gift of Mr. Harry C. Nail, Jr.
1965/2.65

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