Dating chinese porcelain
While in the sixteenth century large collections of porcelain in Europe were formed by noblemen such as the collection of the Medici and the one of Ferdinand II of Austria at Schloss Ambras, in Mexico porcelain was the property of many people. Jean Charles Davillier, Les Origines de la Porcelaine en Europe.
Several European expeditions explored in the area that is now New Mexico during the sixteenth century, the most famous of which was that of Coronado (1540–1541).
"To arrive at a stylistic chronology in the rendering of facial features of people in porcelain decorations, the author has collected and categorized more than 3900 faces of men, women and children in Chinese porcelain decorations, dating from the 15th century until present day.
A handbook for dating Chinese porcelain from facial features and adornments for museums, collectors and dealers alike.
This is not an idea, or a 'suggested direction of further research' etc., this is the thing.!
Before discussing the shards, some historical background about the trade between New Spain and the Far East and about the settlements in New Mexico will be included.
The Spanish conquered Mexico during the first quarter of the sixteenth century.
Although these cannot be dated, Chinese porcelain shards were of such volume "as to make it obvious that it was not a ware used only by the rich." Most of the shards found were parts of tea or wine cups and rice bowls.
Tea-drinking never became popular in Mexico; the cups were probably used for the drinking of chocolate, which the Spaniards had adopted from the Aztecs.