Well, I'm seeing blue and white porcelain everywhere! It is definitely a classic but can work with many different styles.
Here's a little background on these gorgeous accents that have been around a little while. Cobalt blue decorations started in the Middle East in the 9th century but it really wasn't until the 14th century that the Chinese fully developed the technique to make the blue and white porcelain that we are more familiar with today. Towards the end of the Ming dynasty (17th century), the porcelain was being exported to European markets and soon became highly prized by both Europeans and Americans. Some say blue and white porcelain may have been the first truly global commodity. Today collectors still head to the Netherlands to find the best examples of Ming era porcelain because a Dutch trading company held a near monopoly on the highly sought after goods. During the 18th century, supposedly with a little help from industrial espionage, the Europeans were able to replicate the Chinese technique. The technique has changed very little since the days of Ming emperor Kangxi. But today gas fired kilns are used and a "decaling" technique is used by most to create the blue painting replacing the labor intensive hand painting. There are entire books dedicated to the history of blue and white porcelain. So, I'm going to stop there and you can go to Amazon to buy book to learn more!
Check out how blue and white porcelain is being used today. I think you'll agree they are a real asset to these spaces.
The four pictures above are from the Grant Gibson blog.
|Habitually Chic blog|
|Habitually Chic blog|
Here is blue and white porcelain in rooms by my favorite designer Michael S. Smith. This first picture was used for the cover of his book called Houses.
Michael S. Smith is long time designer for Cindy Crawford.
The blue and white tiles above the fireplace connect to the porcelain.
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Here's a couple twists on blue and white porcelain. This picture is from the Peak of Chic blog of the Schumacher showroom in the Atlanta. What fun wallpaper! The print comes in a fabric too.
I discovered this very hip version of blue and white porcelain shaped as coke bottles by Taikkun Li that can be found at Pagoda Red.
I found these ginger jars at the Washington Design Center.
National catalogs offer the blue and white porcelain too.
|William Sonoma Home|
I bought mine at Wisteria to fill in the bottom of my dining room buffet.
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