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Catalog Number 2015.5.1.2
Object Name Vase
Description Chinese porcelain was mass-produced, with different stages of production, such as mining the clay, throwing the vessels, and firing the kiln, divided among different semi-skilled workers.

Fran├žois Xavier d'Entrecolles, a Jesuit missionary who worked in Jingdezhen, the city in China where most of the porcelain used in China and exported all over the globe was made, reported that "Some affirm that a piece of China-ware, after it is baked, has passed the hands of seventy Workmen."

These methods of mass production allowed Chinese potters to produce large numbers of pieces quickly, uniformly, and affordably, enabling them to supply the voracious market for porcelain both at home and abroad.

These vases are covered in vignettes showing different stages of the process. These vases are among a number of pieces of porcelain decorated with scenes of porcelain production that were made for people interested in seeing how porcelain was made. Among these may have been someone in the Chinese royal household, as a vase of the same design (but much more finely painted) survives in the imperial collections in Beijing.
Year Range from 1845
Year Range to 1855
Material Hard-Paste Porcelain
Place of Origin Made in Jingdezhen, China
Collection The Reeves Center
Credit line Museum Purchase with Funds Provided by W. Groke Mickey
On View Reeves Center, Hallway
Gallery ID Number 306