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December 04, 2022, 03:03:57 pm
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« Reply #220 on: July 10, 2022, 11:07:31 am »

Hi John

Another beauty indeed.

It is almost identical to the one I have, except that mine does not have any crackle.

Thanks for posting.


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« Reply #221 on: July 10, 2022, 11:26:35 am »

Dear Richard,

    That is because your example is in hard-paste porcelain,
and John's is in soft-paste porcelain...

   Hard-paste porcelain is produced by combining Kaolin ['China'] clay with Petuntse,
a naturally occurring calcium carbonate compound. The Chinese discovered it in the late Tang Dynasty [!].
Incidentally, it took the Europeans till the 18th C. to replicate it, by burning cow bones to recreate that calcium carbonate compound.
Only 800 years later...

Soft-paste porcelain is produced by mixing Kaolin clay with 'frit' - a glassy substance that is a mixture of white sand,
gypsum, soda, salt, alum and nitre. Lime and chalk are used to fuse the white clay and the frit.
And the mixture then fires at a lower temperature than hard-paste porcelain.

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« Reply #222 on: July 14, 2022, 04:18:58 am »

Another fine example - 2003 was a bonanza year for you!

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