Finesse of China - fine porcelain dinner sets for your table

A bit of fine China to add that classic touch to your dinner table

Chinese porcelain had fascinated the world since times immemorial. Ever since the Palaeolithic age,the Chinese were well versed in the production and use of ceramics. They found its applications in every area - from construction to the decorative vases and to the royal tables in the form of fine Chinese porcelain.

During the era of dynasties, this sophisticated art from China had reached far and wide as diplomatic gifts to the nobilityand through trade. It is no wonder that the classy porcelain,with its appeal, captivated the hearts of people the world over. So much so that the country name "China" has since become synonymous to the high class porcelain that they had been manufacturing.

Characteristics
Porcelain is a hard, strong, tough and translucent substance with exceptional resistance to temperatures and chemicals. It has a very low elasticity and permeability and has a high abrasion resistance. These qualities made it a perfect candidate for dinner ware - especially during times when metals, which are usually reactive to chemicals and heat, were used in making vessels.

Chinese Porcelain - the process of production
Porcelain, though a word originated from the Old Italian 'porcellana', came to be known as China or Fine China due to theChinese's expertisein making this ceramic ware. Porcelain is made by heating the raw materials to extremely high temperatures of up to 1200-1400 degree Celsius in a kiln. The raw materials used include the clay mineral kaolinite. At such high temperatures, the raw materials form glass and minerals which accounts for the toughness, strength and translucence of porcelain.

Chinese Porcelain is first formed (shaped) using casts and baked for a while before it is taken out for decoration. It is then glazed to for a better resistance to dirt and oil(though it is impermeable even before glazing). The glazed porcelain is then fired at temperatures much higher than those used for the normal earthenware in order to vitrify the porcelain and make it absolutely non-porous.

Buy porcelain dinnerware online
Experience the luxury with the Mottahedeh "Imperial Blue" 5 Piece Plate Setting from Bloomingdales Priced at £264.75

Mottahedeh Imperial Blue

The set includes

  • 1 dinner plate
  • 1 dessert plate
  • 1 bread & butter plate and
  • 1 teacup & saucer

It is edged with 22 carat gold and features a central flowered medallion.

 

For a more pocket friendly option, choose the New 38p Oriental Chinese Garden Blue Dinnerware Set Service for 8 Place Settings priced at approx. £78.19 from eBay

Garden Blue Dinnerware

The set includes

  • 8 dinner plates
  • 8 salad plates
  • 8 cups and saucers
  • A serving bowl
  • A creamer
  • A sugar pot with lid and
  • salt & pepper shakers

Good for everyday use, this set is microwave and dishwasher safe too.

You can find more porcelain dinnerware from the online stores including Amazon, eBay, Tesco etc. So which one is your choice? Do let us know

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