Topics: Imari Pattern Porcelain - Collector Information.
Antique Chinese Porcelain Dictionary
and Glossary of Terms
Jan-Erik Nilsson at a porcelain event in Gothenburg, Sweden, after a talk at the Rhoss Museum of Arts and Craft in 2011.
Welcome to the Gotheborg.com Dictionary on Antique Chinese and Japanese pottery and porcelain. The field of Asian Ceramics collecting is a challenging one. Not the least due to the large number of terms of various origins, problem compounded by a variety of spellings and transcriptions. Many terms in particular regarding porcelain exported to the west are made up by collectors and dealers over the last century, and are not recognized or even understood in China. When possible I have tried to address this by cross referencing both terms and explain where the understanding differ.
Names, meanings and categories also change depending on new discoveries, which might not be as helpful as it might seem. Too myopic classifications might just complicate matters. Here I try to go back to the roots and explain why an older but somewhat incorrect name might still be more helpful than a modern but archaeologically correct name.