Thursday, October 04, 2007

19th century Central Pacific Railroad Chinese Camp Pottery

From: abbjo

I have a question about 19th century Central Pacific Railroad Chinese Camp Pottery. I have 4 pieces of pottery that have been in my family for years. Looking on your web site I have seen pictures that closely resemble 3 out of the 4 that I have. Is there someplace I can find out more information on these? Maybe what each was used for, and possibly a value?


Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

There appears to be an article on the subject of Qing (Ching, Ch'ing) dynasty pottery in the Encyclopedia Britannica.

Also see British Museum

10/04/2007 5:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From: "Joshua Casey"
Subject: Chinese Railroad Pottery

I found the museum website while trying to find out more about this pottery ginger jar. I looks like several examples that are on your website in the section about Chinese rail worker camp artifacts.

This piece is not like any examples of Chinese pottery I have seen. It is an earthenware piece and has a light brown glaze. Most Qing period examples are blue and white. I am curious if Chinese workers actually made this type of pottery in the West while working on the railroad or were these types of vessels were imported from China. ...

—Josh Casey

8/22/2014 4:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From: "John Snyder"

What's the provenance on your jar? ...

—John Snyder, Webmaster, White Ensign Models

8/25/2014 12:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From: "Joshua Casey"

I don't have any provenance, it came from a California estate. I recognized the form as being a Chinese ginger jar yet the earthenware and rustic glaze is unlike anything I've seen on Chinese pottery. My research lead me to examples of pottery used by Chinese railroad workers and that lead to my inquiry.

Did the Chinese actually make pottery domestically or were these items imported? ...


8/25/2014 12:12 PM  

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