Dating spode pottery

1823 which received the highest price paid at auction for early American pottery, thus illuminating the status of historic pottery in today’s art economy.

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Cobalt blue was the first new hue, followed by many others.

Then someone in Basra invented lusterware, truly replicating copper and silver. They also sent it back to China, along with Mesopotamian cobalt, to try this new look on white Chinese stoneware glazes.

How did it look from the other direction, from it’s beginning?

Mid 9th century Tang Dynasty grandees were repulsed by isolated southern Chinese potters’ gaudy color and decoration experiments.

And the curious parallels between Richard Bresnahan’s unique wood firing process and astro-physics is fodder for an entire book in itself. Can a humble insulator be considered among the ceramic greats?