Sunday, 29 January 2012

Treasures of Chinese Porcelain

BBC4 8pm

Lars Tharp explores the enduring popularity of Chinese porcelain in European auction houses, and investigates why demand for such items rose dramatically in the 18th century. He visits Mount Gaolin, where many of the most popular pieces were made, to discover how items are manufactured, before heading to the city of Jingdezhen, the centre of the country's porcelain trade. Lars also examines the ways in which demand for certain designs influenced aesthetic tastes in both Europe and China.

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