Porcelain is a ceramic material made by heating materials, generally including materials like Kaolin, in Kiln to temperatures between 1200 and 1400 centigrade ( 2200 and 2600 F). The strength and translucence of porcelain, relative to the types of pottery, arises mainly from vitrification and the formation of the mineral mullite within the body at these high temperatures. Though definitions vary, porcelain can be divided into three main categories: hard paste, soft paste, and bone china. The category that an object belongs to depends on the composition of the paste used to make the body of the porcelain object and firing conditions. (Wikipedia).

Mildred Mottahedeh (August 7, 1908- February 17, 2000 ) was an American collector of ceramics, businessperson, and philanthropist. With her husband, she co-founded Mottahedeh and Company, a designer and supplier of luxury porcelains based on historical models or direct replicas. The couple also gathered a large personal collection of antiques, mainly Chinese export porcelains.

The company grew to supply reproductions to museums and other prominent institutions. Many of the pieces were designed by Mildred. (Wikipedia).

The piece shown in the picture above is part of my small collection. The detail and intricate working of the flowers and leaves that cover the cover of the tureen makes it one of my favorite pieces of porcelain. It is a part of the Mottahedeh Musee Des Arts Reproductions Tureen and underplate. My very first encounter with this piece was a picture in Veranda Magazine where they wisely centered the fabulous hand painted Herend bird and pearts themed dinnerware with the magic of the white bird tureen.

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