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PORCELAIN (also known as china or fine china) is a ceramic material made by heating materials, generally including clay in the form of kaolin, in a kiln to temperatures between 1,200 °C (2,192 °F) and 1,400 °C (2,552 °F). The toughness, strength, and translucence of porcelain arises mainly from the formation of glass and the mineral mullite within the fired body at these high temperatures.

Porcelain derives its present name from the old Italian porcellana (cowrie shell) because of its resemblance to the translucent surface of the shell. Porcelain can informally be referred to as "china" or "fine china" in some English-speaking countries, as China was the birthplace of porcelain making. Properties associated with porcelain include low permeability and elasticity; considerable strength, hardness, toughness, whiteness, translucency and resonance; and a high resistance to chemical attack and thermal shock.

BONE CHINA is a type of soft-paste porcelain that is composed of bone ash, feldspathic material, and kaolin. It has been defined as ware with a translucent body containing a minimum of 30% of phosphate derived from animal bone and calculated calcium phosphate. Developed by English potter Josiah Spode, bone china is known for its high levels of whiteness and translucency, and very high mechanical strength and chip resistance. Its high strength allows it to be produced in thinner cross-sections than other types of porcelain.

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  • 392 Porcelain Dinnerware Sets - houzz.
  • Armorial ware - or heraldic china (and a variety of other terms) are ceramics decorated with a coat of arms, either that of a family, or an institution or place.
  • Blue Willow China - "The Willow Pattern: History and Lore."
  • Blue Willow China Buying Guide - "Blue Willow china is the most popular pattern of china ever made, as well as the most famous."
  • BONE CHINA - type of porcelain that is composed of bone ash, feldspathic material, and kaolin.
  • Carrack porcelain - Chinese blue-and-white export pieces from the reign of the emperor Wan-li (1573–1620) during the Ming period.
  • Charger (table setting) - are larger plates used during full course dinners or to dress up special events like parties and weddings.
  • Chinese porcelain - show a continuous development since pre-dynastic times and are one of the most significant forms of Chinese art and ceramics globally.
  • China crisis: Macrons under fire in France over cost of new plates - The Guardian.
  • Flora Danica - in 1790 the Danish Crown Prince Frederik ordered a dinner set made decorated with exact copies of the plates of Flora Danica. The dinner set was meant as a gift for Russian Empress Catherine II. Catherine, however, never received it, as she died in 1796. It is currently on display at Christiansborg Palace, Amalienborg Palace and Rosenborg Castle. The dinner set is still in use for state occasions in the Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen. Copies of the set are sold by the Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Manufactory. It was inaugurated on January 29, 1803 on the king's birthday. Of its original 1802 pieces, 1530 still exist.
  • Hard-paste porcelain - s a ceramic material that was originally made from a compound of the feldspathic rock petuntse and kaolin fired at very high temperature, usually around 1400°C. It was first made in China around the 7th or 8th century, and has remained the most common type of Chinese porcelain.
  • International Willow Collectors - group of people who collect willow-pattern china & other willow wares.
  • Jingdezhen porcelain - Chinese porcelain produced in or near Jingdezhen in southern China. Jingdezhen may have produced pottery as early as the sixth century CE, though it is named after the reign name of Emperor Zhenzong, in whose reign it became a major kiln site, around 1004. By the 14th century it had become the largest centre of production of Chinese porcelain, which it has remained, increasing its dominance in subsequent centuries. From the Ming period onwards, official kilns in Jingdezhen were controlled by the emperor, making imperial porcelain in large quantity for the court and the emperor to give as gifts.
  • Kraak ware - is a type of Chinese export porcelain produced mainly from the Wanli reign (1573–1620), but also in the Tianqi (1620-1627) and the Chongzhen (1627-1644). It was among the first Chinese export ware to arrive in Europe in mass quantities, and was frequently featured in Dutch still life paintings of foreign luxuries.
  • Limoges porcelain - designates hard-paste porcelain produced by factories near the city of Limoges, France beginning in the late 18th century, but does not refer to a particular manufacturer.
  • Master jeweler invents 'unbreakable' porcelain - CNN style.
  • Museum of Meissen - since 1916. The most comprehensive collection of Meissen Porcelain from the beginnings in 1710 to the present day.
  • Noritake White Porcelain Dinnerware - houzz.
  • PORCELAIN - is a ceramic material made by heating materials, generally including kaolin, in a kiln to temperatures between 1,200 and 1,400 °C (2,200 and 2,600 °F).
  • Thomas Goode - Bespoke Service - 9 South Audley Street, Mayfair, London, U.K. Since 1827. "Purveyors of Luxury." Home of the world’s finest china, silverware & glassware. For a truly individual touch, our bespoke service puts you in control. Thomas Goode’s expert artisans can personalise any of our designs to your exact specifications.
  • Vienna porcelain - the product of the Vienna Porcelain Manufactory (German: Kaiserlich privilegierte Porcellain Fabrique), a porcelain manufacturer in Alsergrund in Vienna, Austria. It was founded in 1718 and continued until 1864.
  • Wen Zhenheng - A Treatise on Superfluous Things. "We owe it all to Wen Zhenheng. Everything we were taught in college about old Chinese porcelain being the pinnacle of the ceramic art. Maybe it’s even true."
  • White Porcelain Dinnerware Set - houzz.
  • Willow pattern - distinctive and elaborate chinoiserie pattern used on ceramic kitchen/housewares. It became popular at the end of the 18th century in England when, in its standard form, it was developed by English ceramic artists combining and adapting motifs inspired by fashionable hand-painted blue-and-white wares imported from China.
  • WORCESTER PORCELAIN MUSEUM - world's largest collection of Worcester Porcelain.
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  • Shanghai by Alberto Pinto.
  • Alberto Pinto - since 1999. All collections.
  • Artemest Dalwin Designs Hornbillaffe Limoges Porcelain Dish: €210.
  • Artemest - since 2015. All brands & models.
  • Asprey Morning Glory Tea & Coffee Set: US$3,400.
  • ASPREY - "British Luxury Goods Since 1781."
  • Augarten Biedermeier garland porcelain.
  • AUGARTEN - since 1718 Viennese porcelain manufactury. "Augarten porcelain symbolises finest table culture." All collections.
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  • Bernardaud Collection Botanique.
  • BERNARDAUD - "Synonymous with the highest quality of French Limoges porcelain since 1863."
  • Boehm sculptures being presented to Pope Benedict.
  • Boehm - since 1949. "America's Finest Porcelain Sculptures."
  • Brooks Brothers Signature Tartan Five-Piece China Place Setting: US$228.
  • Brooks Brothers - founded in 1818.
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  • Casa Bugatti Milla porcelain.
  • CASA BUGATTI - since 1923.
  • Caskata the Newport Collection: 4-piece Rimmed Set (Dinner, Salad, Bread Plate, Mug): US$95.
  • Caskata - since 2007. "Artisanal Porcelain Dinnerware - Personalized Monogrammed Tableware." All collections.
  • Christofle Gilded Porcelain Guilloché Charger: US$225.
  • Christofle - since 1830. All plates.
  • Churchill Blue Willow 20 Piece Dinner Set, Made In England: US$114.
  • Churchill Blue Willow - 20 Piece Dinner Set, Made In England.
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  • Deshoulières Arcades Dinnerware.
  • DeshouliÈres - since 1826. "The leading French porcelain manufacturer, the specialist in tableware products. Inspired by fashion and interior design trends, Deshoulières embodies the true and elegant spirit of the French Art of the Table."
  • Gold Dust by Donna Karan.
  • Donna Karan - Gold Dust Dinnerware Collection By Donna Karan For Lenox.
  • Dresden Porcelain Collection.
  • DRESDEN PORCELAIN - founded in 1872. Since 1902, Dresden Porcelain has a blue "SP Dresden" registered trademark.
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  • Flora Danica Vintage Covered Tureen.
  • FLORA DANICA - since 1790. One of the world´s most prestigous & luxurious porcelain collections by Royal Copenhagen.
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  • Haviland Sublime Or Limoges porcelain, refined with gold.
  • HAVILAND - since 1842. Manufacturer of Limoges porcelain.
  • Herend Chinese Bouquet dinner plate.
  • HEREND - since 1826. "Queen Victoria dined on it, and Princess Diana delighted to it in her annual Christmas stocking. Now it’s time to savor a special Herend experience of your own."
  • Hermès Bleus d'Ailleurs Pasta plate, 24 cm diameter: US$205.
  • HermÈs - since 1837. All plates.
  • Horchow Pace 12 Traditional Blue & White Dinner Plates: US$98.90.
  • Horchow - since 1971.
  • Medley - Hutschenreuther: Beautiful traditional service set.
  • Hutschenreuther - since 1814. "The Dining Collections by Hutschenreuther: Stylish and valuable."
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  • Gold Leaves Dinner Plate by Jaune de Chrome.
  • JAUNE DE CHROME - since 1984. "French Fine Porcelain." Jaune de Chrome is known worldwide for being the only brand to master this exclusive glaze craftsmanship: Metallic components blended with glaze are meticulously applied on porcelain, revealing the most incredible motifs and effects, when colors develop and crystals group together.
  • J.L. Coquet Chardons dinner plates.
  • J.L. COQUET - "Haute porcelaine de Limoges fabriquée en France depuis 1824." Something Special by a 'Createur-Porcelainier'.
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  • KPM - Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur Berlin Kurland Royal Noir Coffee Mug & Saucer large: €1,190.
  • KPM - KÖnigliche Porzellan-Manufaktur Berlin | Royal Porcelain Factory, Berlin - since 1763. "Since the company has been established by Frederick the Great the cobalt-blue sceptre is standing for hand-made luxury, trend-setting designs and consistent values."
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  • Embassy by Lenox.
  • Lenox - since 1889. "American by Design." Casual & Holiday Dinnerware, Fine China.
  • Limoges Cabinet Plate by Riquet.
  • LIMOGES PORCELAIN - designates hard-paste porcelain produced by factories near the city of Limoges, France beginning in the late 18th century, but does not refer to a particular manufacturer.
  • Lladró Saing George & the Dragon figurine: US23,500.
  • LladrÓ - since 1950. "Handmade Porcelain." Classic porcelain, figurines and home decor.
  • Lynn Chase Winter Game Birds Wild Turkey Charger: US$175.
  • Lynn Chase Designs - since 1988. Features signature Lynn Chase wild life designs. All collections.
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  • Rosenthal Magic flute Sarastro Covered veget. bowl stand.
  • Magic Flute - Rosenthal studio-line: Design by Bjørn Wiinblad.
  • Marchesa Couture Baroque Night 9-inch Accent Plate by Lenox: US$79.
  • Marchesa - all collections.
  • Medard de Noblat Corail Or dinnerware.
  • Medard de Noblat - since 1836. "Créateur à Limoges." Capitalizes on its traditional expertise from Limoges and offers porcelain collections that are relevant to all aspects of modern lifestyles.
  • Meissen Tea-Arrangement, Shape 'Neuer Ausschnitt', Blue Onion, white rim.
  • MEISSEN PORCELAIN - since 1710. All collections.
  • Michael Aram Goldsmith 5-Piece Place Setting: US$200.
  • MICHAEL ARAM - since 1989. Renowned for his outstanding artistry & innovative design. His work elevates life’s everyday moments so their natural beauty shines through. Gifts, Home Scent, Furniture & Lighting, Judaica & Christmas, Serving & Cocktail, Dinnerware, Decoratives.
  • Michael Wainwright Manhattan gold 4 pc place setting.
  • MICHAEL WAINWRIGHT USA - since 1991. "Porcelain Decorated with 24K Gold & Platinum. Made in USA."
  • Argyle Crimson by Minton.
  • Minton - founded in 1793. "Europe's leading Victorian ceramic manufacturer and an enduring classic brand for luxury tableware, teaware, and ornaments for modern day lifestyles."
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  • Neisha Crosland Flared Cup & Saucer Fine China in Donkey Black: £20.
  • Neisha Crosland - "Fine China." Awarded numerous design awards including the honorary title of RDI, and her work has been collected by the V&A.
  • Noritake Crestwood Gold porcelain.
  • NORITAKE - since 1904. "Standard of Perfection."
  • Nymphenburg Brocade dinnerware porcelain.
  • NYMPHENBURG - founded in 1747. All collections.
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  • Penelope Penzo Dinner/Buffet Plate Coral Red Lara & Lily Edition 1.
  • PENELOPE PENZO - since 1993. "Informal Luxury Porcelaine de Limoges & Faïence Tableware."
  • Philippe Deshoulieres Orsay dinnerware.
  • Philippe Deshoulieres - "Since 1826 Philippe Deshoulieres has specialized in quality limoges dinnerware and is one of the leading French porcelain manufacturerers." All collections.
  • Pillivuyt Eclectique collection.
  • Pillivuyt Porcelaine - "Innovation & Tradition since 1818."
  • Portmeirion porcelain.
  • Portmeirion - since 1960. All collections.
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  • Raynaud Medicis Bleu Assiette à dîner 27 cm.
  • RAYNAUD - since 1919. "Three generations who, since the 19th century, have perpetuated with great talent the Limoges porcelain tradition." All collections.
  • Richard Ginori Labirinto Scarlet Dinnerware.
  • Rchard Ginori 1735 - iconic Italian dinnerware manufacturer, Richard Ginori has been producing porcelain dinnerware in the outskirts of Florence Italy since 1735. Renowned for both simple white patterns as well as luxurious and richly colored dinnerware.
  • Ritz Paris Essentials 2 Breakfast cups & saucers Gft Box set, 'Imperial' Collection, blue: €932.
  • Ritz Paris Essentials - Art of Tea Collection. "A tribute to Proust, who had rooms at the Ritz, this white and gold tea service features a madeleine as its porcelain emblem. Made in Limoges at the famous Manufacture Haviland, experience the timeless delights of the age-old tea time tradition."
  • Robert Haviland & C. Parlon Bengalis 5 piece place setting: US$3,775.
  • Robert Haviland & C. Parlon - since 1858. "Manufacture de porcelaine." One of the most prestigious porcelain houses in Limoges.
  • Rosenthal Versace 5 piece Dinnerware Set | Prestige Gala: US$765.
  • ROSENTHAL - since 1884. "Rosenthal meets Versace."
  • 100 Years of Royal Albert 10-Piece Set, 1900-1940.
  • ROYAL ALBERT - since 1904. All collections.
  • Royal Copenhagen Blue Fluted Full Lace plate: US$625.
  • ROYAL COPENHAGEN - founded in 1775. All collections.
  • Royal Crown Derby Ashbourne Plate 27cm: £115.
  • ROYAL CROWN DERBY - since 1750. Oldest or second oldest remaining English porcelain manufacturer, based in Derby, England (disputed by Royal Worcester 1751 year of establishment). The company, particularly known for its high-quality bone china, has produced tableware and ornamental items since approximately 1750.
  • Royal Limoges Rocroy dinner platev.
  • Royal Limoges - "Manufacture de porcelaine depuis 1797."
  • Royal Worcester Hand Painted Partridge Potpourri Vase 27cm: £3,775.
  • Royal Worcester - founded in 1751. Believed to be the oldest or second oldest remaining English porcelain brand still in existence today.
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  • Sèvres Service Egyptien, frise nº6, Alexandre Théodore Brongniart, 1802-1808.
  • SÈVRES - since 1738.
  • Sieger Ca’ d’Oro porcelain set.
  • SIEGER - since 2005. "Wafer-thin porcelain meets sophisticated forms and decors."
  • Spode Blue Italian 200th Anniversary Bowl: £46.75.
  • SPODE - founded in 1770. Famous for its Blue Italian collection launched in 1816.
  • Stefano Ricci Coffee Cups Gift Box Imperial Botticelli: US$2,640.
  • Stefano Ricci - since 1972. Tea & Coffee Sets.
  • Stefano Ricci Porcelain Line dinner sets.
  • STEFANO RICCI - since 1972. "The dinner services in highly prized fine porcelain feature exclusive decors inspired by STEFANO RICCI’s silk patterns."
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  • Royal Crown Derby the Titanic Range.
  • THE TITANIC RANGE - by Royal Crown Derby. "A re-launched pattern to mark the 100th anniversary of the infamous ship’s launch."
  • Thomas Goode Boulle Tableware - Thomas Goode, 9 South Audley Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 2BN, England, U.K.
  • Thomas Goode - since 1827. "Purveyors of Luxury." Home of the world’s finest china, silverware & glassware.
  • Tiffany & Co. Wheat Leaf Dinner Plate: US$95.
  • Tiffany & Co. - since 1837. Wheat Leaf Bone China Collection.
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  • Vista Alegre Anna. Pieces decorated with gold, with a touch of class and refinement.
  • Vista Alegre - since 1824. All collections.
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  • Waterford Lismore Diamond Lapis 5-Piece Place Setting: US$140.
  • WATERFORD - originally founded in 1783. All collections.
  • Wedgwood Anthemion Ruby Plate 23 cm: £120.
  • WEDGWOOD - since 1759. All collections.
  • Wedgwood Prestige Riverton Dinner Plate: US$810.
  • WEDGWOOD & Bentley - since 1762. "Wedgwood has graced the homes and palaces of the world’s most prestigious people for over 250 years. Wedgwood & Bentley Tableware offers the most unique and luxurious fine bone china patterns that make a statement of fine dining on any table."
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