More than 50 years ago...
Already back in the 1950's I can remember my mother taking care of colored porcelain of exotic designs of which, however, I was allowed to touch very little. From then on I never lost interest in the romantic and mysterious "genuine porcelain" from China. As a grown up I was able to start a modest collection of my own and eventually now, I am presenting a selection here for you to study, or sample if you like.
I will never forget the awe I felt when I for the first time held a small blue and white porcelain bowl in my hands, and asked to be ensured over and over again that this was really genuine 'Ming porcelain'. More than that, I could not believe there you could actually own and touch such kind of things.
The amazement I felt for that modest piece of porcelain art, was in part for the mind boggling distance that fragile porcelain bowl had traveled to be able to rest in my hands - with the brush strokes of an unknown artist frozen for eternity in cobalt, still resting inside the thick and softly undulating glaze. Still glistening in a soft sapphire blue; a man made jewel. I was stunned by the realization that this hard porcelain piece was made in China, at a time when we at best ate on wooden dishes here in Northern Europe.
From then on, I looked, read and handled as many antique Chinese porcelain pieces as I could. Still, there is always something new to learn.
Kindly feel free to browse around to see if there is something here that catches your heart and imagination as it did me. If so, kindly let me know.
Jan-Erik Nilsson - Gotheborg.com