Blue & White—Travel Through Time with This Transcendent Style

Blue and white porcelain pottery is an art form that can be traced back through many dynasties of China. The oldest dated blue and white artifact in our possession is a set of two tall vases, known as the David Vases. We know their creation date and intended purpose because within the blue designs the artist placed an inscription. The vases were made in 1351 and were an offering to be placed in a Chinese temple. This date places their origin during the Yuan Dynasty, which was proclaimed by Mongol ruler Kublai Khan in 1271, an official conquest by 1279, and ended in 1368. However, the masterful craftsmanship and artistry exhibited in the vases indicate that the blue and white technique must have originated sometime before the David Vases, likely placing the onset of blue and white porcelain arts in the Song Dynasty (960-1279).


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