The question always arises when I post on collecting blue and white Chinese porcelain on antique versus vintage versus modern day reproductions. These blue and white porcelains that began in South China and became the rage in Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries, have been being reproduced all over the world for centuries.
|My pair of calligraphic ginger jars from Tuesday Morning|
|My $6 monkey from Goodwill|
I have antique and vintage and modern and I love it all. And I love blue and white ceramics from around the world and find it all works well together. I have pieces from Goodwill to fine auction houses and I find it all beautiful. I was a regular at Potomack Auction in Alexandria and saw pieces that went for tens of thousands of dollars that were very unattractive to me. My two favorite ginger jars I own I got years ago at Tuesday Morning. In fact, real Chinese porcelain from the 15th and 16th Ming Dynasty costs an absolute fortune nowadays and what most of us have are reproductions even though they too may be antiques.
I am not the least bit snooty about collecting blue and white Chinese porcelain. This vase is a recent find from HomeGoods for $30 that I love.
|A new HomeGoods find|
|My blue and white pantry|
Someone commented yesterday about a woman who had so much blue and white porcelain her home looked like a HomeGoods store. I would be insulted if someone said my home looked like a Restoration Hardware store.