Dehua Kiln, in Fujian Province, was one of China’s major folk kilns in ancient times. Historically, it enjoyed worldwide fame for its white porcelain making, which culminated during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The White-Glazed Three-Legged Ding with Dragon Designs and Double Handles, modeled after prehistoric bronze ware, is a round ding resting on three legs with a pair of ears (handles) at the edge of its straight mouth. The embossed double strings on its belly sandwich six groups of engraved dragon designs, and its crystal and transparent white glaze, with a slight tinge of yellow, makes it a typical representative of “ivory white” porcelain of Dehua Kiln. The White-Glazed Zun with Elephant-Headed Handles and String Patterns features a straight mouth, square opening, round belly, and a pair of elephant-headed handles flanking its thick neck. With a chic design and milky, translucent glaze as smooth as cream, the zun represents the pinnacle of white glaze techniques of the Ming Dynasty.
China National Philatelic Corporation will issue two FDCs and a commemorative cancellation respectively.