PORCELAIN In Praise of … Cholula (No. 36)

Posted by on 2. Februar 2012
Cholula porcelain

A Cholula plate in the British Museum ...

Yes, they say that the porcelain from this otherwise unknown town in Mexico is thin-walled like no other and spectacularly decorated. Some expert say, that the Chinese brought the art of porcelain making in 1420 to Cholula and since then it had flourished. Just look at the wonderful plate in the British Museum in London, I show here. Other experts contradivc this and put it into the world of myths: No porcelain was made in the pre-Columbian New World (even glazing was late and confined to New Mexico), and the likelihood of an exploratory fleet (or even purported colonists) introducing the complex technology required seems virtually nil. But the procelain exists, great pieces adorn collections. Today there is nothing like that in Cholula. But somebody must have made the plates and why then does this procelain bear the name Cholula? Forget the discussion of the expert, enjoy the pottery …

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