ˇˇˇˇChinese ceramic industry is more flourishing from the latter
period of the Qing Dynasty to the early period of the Republic of
China. The official ware revives again. The light crimson and new
famille rose make delightful achievement, the famous craftsmen who
make redware in Yixing and the glaze in Shiwan appear constantly
and the naissance of the "Wucai" in Liling is the most
ˇˇˇˇChinese traditional decorative ceramics are divided into two types.
One is on-glaze decoration which is rich and beautiful in color
but is wearing. The other is under-glaze decoration which only has
blue-and-white and underglaze red. As a result, these can not display
the colorful ceramic pigment. As to the "Wucai" in Liling,
it has not only colorful decoration but also has a rich expressive
force in the change of color caused by furnace transmutation.
ˇˇˇˇThe underglaze "Wucai" in Liling has two styles of Chinese
picture and western picture, which include all the colors and each
color has the distinction between heaviness and lightness, warmness
and coldness. As a result, it is heavy but not worldly, light but
not stiff which is a great pioneering work at that time. Some wokrs,
such as mountain and water pictures, are very bold and forceful
in color, which is very difficult to adopt three skills of the impressionism.
ˇˇˇˇBut it is very regrettable that the production of the underglaze
"Wucai" in Liling is stopped in 1930s. The existing works,therefore,
is becoming rarer and rare, very costful.