11 August 2017

Antique ceramics at Brownrigg

The use of ceramics dates back to as early as the 24,000 BC period. During the initial days, animal and human figurines were made from clay and other materials and later fired in kilns partially dug into the ground. In the later years clay pots and vessels were used for everyday domestic use such as for storing water or food items or rice and grains etc.

Fast forward to today and you have the old world ceramics widely used as decorative items in modern homes.

Apart from being useful, pottery adds interest, style and a refreshing vibe with the colourful options to a room and there are plenty of decorating tricks that are put to use these days to showcase these old world beauties in the best possible way. Be it a collection of the blue and white plates or interesting figurines on the mantel piece, there are plenty of ways to get the ceramics right.

At Brownrigg Interiors we have a treasure trove of beautiful ceramic options. Colourful and vibrant, these will make the perfect inclusions in modern homes. We have a beautiful range of Chinese, Spanish, Italian, French and English ceramics that makes it well worth browsing our ceramics sections.

Amongst the Chinese ceramics, the very first pottery was made during the Palaeolithic era. These range from construction materials such as bricks and tiles, to hand-molded earthenware fired in bonfires or kilns, to the elegant and very much in demand Chinese porcelain wares that were earlier made for the imperial court and for export. The Chinese ceramics saw their development journey with each prevalent dynasty. The three coloured options were a product of the ‘Tang Dynasty’, the firing of the porcelain was famous during the ‘Song Dynasty’ apart from the glaze effects and the graceful shapes, the Blue and White ones were produced during the ‘Yuan Dynasty’. The Ming dynasty saw some extraordinary innovation in ceramic manufacture with the new techniques in design and shapes which showcased a predilection for colour and painted design, and an openness to foreign forms.

A typical example ofgood ceramics is this set of Three Chinese Polychrome Dishes, a set of three dishes from the Ming/Transitional period of provincial production, similarly decorated in overglaze enamels with bold flowers sprays.

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