For centuries, the most coveted porcelain from China came out of Jingdezhen’s workshops, fashioned from clay made smooth by trained hands, fired in kilns and then transported across the globe. The works, notably the blue-and-white vases and jade-green celadon bowls, graced the courts of the British, Persians and French. This was one of China’s first globalised commodities and greatest export to the world. The industrial revolution in the West ended China’s supremacy, as cheaper porcelain born out of mass production took over the market. The fall of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) and wars in the early 20th century broke the artisan culture and lowered its status in global trade.
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