Cobalt in The Room
Inspired by Japanese Porcelain
and an Artistically Upholstered Chair
by Name Design Studio
14 x 18 Interior Oil Painting on Canvas
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This was a real challenge. I am not used to only using
one or two colors. This took real discipline! I kept wanting
to add more colors but had to stop myself.
I was inspired by a beautiful Japanese tile that was given
to me years ago. It displays in the painting on this wall.
I was reminded of it when I saw a beautifully upholstered
chair using fabrics of similar designs of Japanese Porcelain.
They do beautiful work. Check them out Here
Thanks again for allowing me to use
Cobalt blue in impure forms had long been used in Chinese porcelain, but it was independently discovered as a pure alumina-based pigment by Louis Jacques Thenard in 1802. Commercial production began in France in 1807. The first recorded use of cobalt blue as a color name in English was in 1777. The leading world manufacturer of cobalt blue in the 19th century was Benjamin Wegner's Norwegian company Blaafarveverlet,(" blue color works, in Dano-Norwegian). Germany was also famous for production, especially the blue colour works (Blaufarbenwerke) in the Ore Mountain of Saxony.
The true development of blue and white ware in China started with the first half of the 14th century, when it progressively replaced the century-long tradition of bluish-white ware, or Qingbai. The main production center was in Jingdeahen.
With the advent of the Ming Dynastyin 1368, blue and white ware was shunned for a time by the Court, especially under the Hongwu and Yongle Emperors, as being too foreign in inspiration.[Blue and white porcelain however came back to prominence with the Xuande Emperor, and again developed from that time on.
Some blue and white wares of the 16th century were characterized by Islamic influences, such as the ware under the Zhengde Emperor (1506–1521), which sometimes bore Persian and Arabic script.
During the 17th century, numerous blue and white pieces were made as export porcelain for the European markets. European symbols and scenes coexisted with Chinese scenes for these objects
In the 18th century export porcelain continued to be produced for the European markets. As a result of the work of Francois Xavier d'Entrecolleshow ever, an early example of industrial spying in which the details of Chinese porcelain manufacture were transmitted to Europe, Chines exports of porcelain soon shrank considerably, especially by the end of the reign of the Quinlong.