(1700 - 1800)
After Portugal established trade routes to the Far East, the export trade from China to Europe increased, and by the sixteenth century, porcelain makers in China were producing objects made especially for the Western market. European consumers began to demand familiar, useful shapes unknown in China, and models of mugs, jugs, and candlesticks were sent to the Chinese factories to be copied.
The bulk of Chinese Export porcelain was decorated in with underglaze blue pigment, until the beginning of the eighteenth century. From this time, the Chinese potters began to make wares to order decorated with the customers' own coat of arms, which required the use of a broader range of colours. Thousands of aristocratic families, companies, guilds and societies purchased complete dinner services decorated with their armorial crests, mostly ordered through the captains of merchant ships.
The trade in armorial porcelain declined as the European porcelain factories became well established, and very few were made after 1800.
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