Unlike European porcelain, which began with soft-paste porcelain, Chinese porcelain began with hard paste. It is common to regard all Chinese production as hard-paste until bone china began to be made there in the 20th century. However, a classification of “Chinese soft-paste porcelain” is often recognized by museums and auction houses. It refers to pieces of Chinese porcelain, mainly from the first half of the 18th century, that are less translucent than most Chinese porcelain and have a milky-white glaze, which is prone to light crackling, as is our vase (see images #2, #5, #6).
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