Blue and white porcelain from China
White porcelain had been common in China for centuries and was also exported to Europe. The roughly 370 Chinese porcelain items at Favorite Palace were largely manufactured between 1680 and 1720, when Emperor Kangxi of the Qing dynasty was in power. Older porcelain, manufactured before 1644, in other words during the Ming dynasty, were heirlooms. Tiny bottles and vases were once displayed on the consoles of decorative mantelpieces. Almost all share the same characteristics: blue and white.