A History of Chinosoire - Handpainted Blue & White Pottery

Traditional, beloved, and wildly popular since the 1700's, Chinosoire, the replicated appearance of Chinese porcelain blue and white ceramics, like the famous Delfts-Blauw pottery (Dutch handpainted blue pottery), have made a long-time statement in households. Though its blue roots go much father back than that in the history of the world's ancient art forms.

Blue and White, but not from China

The first recorded artifact of Chinese blue and white porcelain dates to the 13-1400's. However, it is believed that the traditional and beloved color combination of blue and white was actually first crafted in Iraq pre-9th Century A.D. The combination of Persian blue cobalt dyes, later made Chinese versions possible through the export of the striking blue cobalt from Persia, combined with the bright white and smooth quality of existing Chinese porcelain. Needless to say, it was an immediate interior décor hit.

Chinosoire Today

Historically, Ginger Jars were used for food storage. Introduction to the European high society in the 16-1700's brought it a more decorative purpose. Ginger Jars today sit proudly on mantles, shelves and displays. Don't be discouraged to keep your spices or at least your Ginger (requires cool, dark storage) in them, however, as they still make excellent kitchen décor and storage.

Today, Ginger Jars compliment any décor style. From modern to contemporary and traditional. The theme plays nice with all interior design styles, though it's most comfortable in grandmillenial, traditional, coastal, and eclectic styles. But with each jar having its own one-of-a-kind finishing touches in the perfectly imperfect hand-painted cobalt blue-and-white motif, the style wouldn't be out of place in a modern bohemian adobe, either. 


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