Dating limoges china
Some types of wares were also made only or mainly for special uses such as burial in tombs, or for use on altars.
The earliest Chinese pottery was earthenware, which continued in production for utilitarian uses throughout Chinese history, but was increasingly less used for fine wares.
Most later Chinese ceramics, even of the finest quality, were made on an industrial scale, thus few names of individual potters were recorded.
Both could reliably produce the temperatures of up to 1300 °C or more needed for porcelain.
In the late Ming, the egg-shaped kiln or zhenyao was developed at Jingdezhen, but mainly used there.
This was something of a compromise between the other types, and offered locations in the firing chamber with a range of firing conditions.
Kiln technology has always been a key factor in the development of Chinese pottery.
The Chinese developed effective kilns capable of firing at around 1,000 °C before 2000 BC.
These were updraft kilns, often built below ground.