Reproduction Porcelain In The Reigns Of Kangxi, Yongzheng And Qianlong, Qing Dynasty
During the reigns of the Qing emperors Kangxi, Yongzheng and Qianlong, ceramics production reached a peak of technological development. The manufacture of reproduction wares similarly thrived. Much of the quality of the ceramics produced at this time may be attributed to Tang Ying, the official in charge of the imperial kilns under emperors Yongzheng and Qianlong. Not only did he have an unmatched grasp of the technical processes involved, but also Tang Ying was also able to make the organisation of production more efficient. Under his supervision, innovations in technology, glazes and patterns were introduced, and superb porcelain was created.
Reproduction wares were also made in many varieties and palettes, including blue and white, red underglaze, wucai (polychrome), doucai (contending color), red glaze, blue glaze, yellow glaze, white glaze, ruyou (Ruyao kiln glaze), guanyou (Guanyao kiln glaze), geyou (Geyao kiln glaze), dingyou (Dingyao kiln glaze), junyou (Junyao kiln glaze), and longquanyou (Longquan kiln glaze). Some of these wares were exact copies of those from the famous kilns of the previous dynasties, others combined imitation with innovation. All of them were of the finest quality, displaying the vividness and diversity of color, shape and pattern achieved by the crafstmen of the day.