THE JOURNAL
March 2022

Blue and white never goes out of style which is why our Spring collection is focused around this most classic colour combination.

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The lasting appeal and decorative versatility of blue and white ceramics is undeniable.  For centuries, China and Asia has produced much of the world's blue and white ceramics and it is Chinese porcelain which is the most familiar, even now. 

So when we set about finding a producer for our Spring collection we began our search in the Jiangxi Province of China where blue and white has been produced for more than 1,000 years and furnished the Imperial Courts of the Ming and Qing Dynasties. 

Our Spring Collection is a modern interpretation of many of these prized Imperial ceramics - fabulous show pieces to style your home. 

Totem Lidded Jar 

Our Totem Lidded Jar is the hero of the new collection - an impressive statement as a single accent piece or as a pair for all-out impact. Its over-sized dimensions means it is equally at home on sideboard or set on the floor. 

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Its all in the detail... 

 

It took many months to find a producer who shares our passion for quality craftsmanship and design and still uses traditional methods of hand painting and hand throwing which have been passed down between generations rather than the more modern stencilling and transfer-printing techniques many producers now employ. 

The Totem Lidded Jar has been hand-thrown (not a small feat given its size) and takes several days for an exceptionally talented artist to hand paint in the distinctive hues of cobalt blue. 

Did you know that there is such attention to detail that the only way to distinguish between a priceless antique ceramic and many modern-day interpretations is with radio-carbon dating? 

Kanto  & Chubu Lidded Jars  

A mismatched pairing of rustic jars. One featuring a whimsical house design and the other carp swimming amongst fronds in a pond. They look great with lids on but, equally as attractive with an elegant flop of tulips cascading down their sides. 

Did you know that in 14th Century China, cobalt blue was considered to be twice as valuable as gold? 

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Salander Ceramic Jar 

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The curling dragons on our Salander Ceramic Jars all have five claws. In Imperial times only the Emperor was allowed to use the five-clawed dragon on his ceramic ware.

 

Members of the Imperial court were allowed to use four clawed-dragons. Improper use of the number of dragon claws was punishable by death.  

Given the confidence of the brushstrokes used by the artist who painted these, we felt our dragons deserved five claws. 

In 2005 an exceptionally rare blue and white Yuan era jar was sold for £15.7 million at Christie's in London. 

With our current craving for uplifting, enduring and comfortable interiors, blue and white ceramics are a great way to update your home. We've enjoyed sharing a snapshot of our new collection but, to explore the full range, click on the button below.