Porcelain Production

Packing the Porcelain; c. 1825; Guangzhou; China; Gouache on paper; Peabody Essex Museum; Photo: Jeffrey R. Dykes
MIT © 2009 Visualizing Cultures

Porcelain production in the city of Jingdezhen showed proto-industrial aspects from early on. Several hundred thousand pieces were fired there for the global market —every day. At the behest of the Jesuits, painters created meticulous documentation of individual production steps. Wedgwood, too, would take inspiration from these early examples of industrial espionage.