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Glossary of Antique Chinese Porcelain Terms

Jan-Erik Nilsson at a porcelain event in Gothenburg, Sweden, after giving a talk at the Rhoss Museum of Arts and Craft in 2011.

Antique Chinese and Japanese Pottery and Porcelain Glossary of Terms

Welcome to the Gotheborg.com Glossary of Terms on Antique Chinese and Japanese Pottery and Porcelain. The field of Asian Ceramics collecting is a challenging one. Not the least due to the large number of terms of various origin compounded by a variety of spellings and transcriptions.

A lot of names and terms are Chinese in origin and to make this work in the west, the names have been transcribed in western characters. In old books this was often done by a system called Wade-Giles (Peking, Ching-te-chen, Chien-lung), while all modern books today use a system called Pinjin (Beijing, Jingdezhen, Qianlong).

Naturally this causes some confusion.

In this glossary I have over the last decade tried to write and collect good explanations of many of these various terms that are used to describe antique Chinese and Japanese porcelain. By and by I add to and revise the entries when I find better explanation and illustrations of things. In this the Gotheborg.com Discussion Board is a good source.

The search box - top right - will search the entire site, not only the glossary. The point with this glossary, is that it is actually written and edited by people who know porcelain.

The information offered here tries to reflect the general understanding among collectors and arts historians on most subjects covered. Sometimes the 'general understanding' is wrong. In those cases we try to explain how and why. This is a work in progress and additions, suggestions and improvements from you, is appreciated.

Jan-Erik Nilsson
Gotheborg.com, Sweden 2013

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