During the reign of Xuande, one of the biggest innovations was the preparation of cobalt, the element that gives Ming vases the beautiful blue nuances.Enamelled decoration was also perfected during the reign of Emperor Chenghua. They were produced mainly throughout the Republic Period (1912-1949) and come in 3 main sizes – approximately 15.5cm/6”; 19.5cm/7 ½”; 26cm/10”.The smaller size is most common and the very largest size is most rare.Ming porcelain is highly prized around the world and it is easily recognized as one of China’s symbols.During the Ming dynasty, ceramic technique evolved quickly and kilns were able to develop a more refined type of porcelain.Before you can identify the pattern, you need to figure out what kind of china you have.
Many were produced to order by private companies, usually as part of a larger dinner service.The dominant colors are usually pastel pinks and greens and can also include red, blue, orange, yellow or gold.Rose Medallion can be found as plates, bowls, cups, vases and teapots. If it says, "Made in Hong Kong" or has Chinese characters these pieces are not considered antique because they are too modern.As a whole they give a good representation of the ‘daily use’ porcelain of the Republic Period – in fact there are images of Chiang Kai Shek and Madame Chiang Kai Shek eating from these wares! I will note where possible if an example has a date, but otherwise this is just a visual report to feast the eyes and elucidate the considerable variation in enamelling and painting during this period. Rose Medallion is a 19th and 20th Century Chinese Export Porcelain.Margaret Medley The Ming - Qing Transition in Chinese Porcelain History tells us that in the year 1 644 the native Chinese dynasty of Ming came to an end and was replaced by the alien Qing dynasty.