I am a big admirer of artists who produce porcelain. I don’t own any, but I sure love to see examples in museums. Porcelain was first produced in China in the first millennium CE and in Japan in the 17th century, but it was not until the first half of the 18th century that European kilns finally learned how to produce the delicate ceramic ware. Once, when I lived in
The Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory was the first porcelain factory in
Between the 1740s and 1760,
Soup tureens first emerged as important pieces of tableware during the late 17th century in the French court. This period was the transition from the Renaissance practice of loading a table with all the dishes needed for a meal, to individual settings for each course. Soup was the first course for peasant and noble alike, and in upper class homes, fancy tureens ceremoniously opened the meal.
The Museum of London has many examples of