Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Chinoiserie in Strange Places

Gretchen Scott

OK, why does she have a large blue and white Chinese porcelain vase or ginger jar on her head? Very strange and disconcerting. LOL. 

I hope the model and the Chinese porcelain are both fine. Speaking of caring for Chinese porcelain, here is how to care for your collection.

*Keep items off of your head.

*I like to dust with a lambswool duster.

Lambswool Duster

*If and when cleaning is required, like with a vintage find - 

*Never put pieces in the dishwasher.

*Dampen a soft cloth - I like using a clean white microfiber cloth with warm water and a few drops of dish liquid and rub over the porcelain. Then wipe off with a damp cloth with water and dry with a cloth.

White Microfiber Cleaning Cloths

*Chinese porcelain is very durable - I have had blue and white Chinese porcelain garden stools outdoors in the garden for decades - in the winters of Virginia and the heat of South Florida with no ill effects whatsoever.

*Don't use bleach or abrasive cleaners.

*The bases of Chinese porcelain can sometimes be rough - I use small round felt pads to protect surfaces.

Felt Pad Protectors

Museum Wax is great for preventing pieces from falling and breaking, especially in earthquake prone areas. Museum wax is also great for discreetly securing the lids of ginger jars - especially ones on the floor that could get jostled by kids or dogs or guests.

Museum Wax


  1. Keeping them off of your head is always a good idea. I've always hand washed mine with mild soap, just like I would with fine china, but I don't have any porcelains that date from ancient Chinese dynasties, Beth.

  2. I bought the Museum Wax on your recommendation a couple of years ago and cannot believe how I ever lived without it. What a great product! Thank you.