Treasures of Chinese Porcelain–BBC programme

China-related TV programme you might be interested to watch

Treasures of Chinese Porcelain (click to watch in iPlayer)

  • Available until 8:59PM Sun, 5 Feb 2012
  • First broadcast BBC Four, 9:00PM Tue, 11 Oct 2011
  • Duration 60 minutes

Lars Tharp visits China to explore why Chinese vases are so famous and expensive, visiting the mountain where porcelain was first created and Jingdezhen, the porcelain capital.

In November 2010, a Chinese vase unearthed in a suburban semi in Pinner sold at auction for £43 million – a new record for a Chinese work of art. Why are Chinese vases so famous and so expensive? The answer lies in the European obsession with Chinese porcelain that began in the 16th century and by the 18th century was a full-blown craze that swept up kings, princes and the emerging middle classes alike…..

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