Joseon white porcelain

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Joseon white porcelain
백자철화 포도문 항아리.jpg
Jar with green colour plant decoration, Joseon dynasty (National Treasure No. 107)
Korean name
Revised RomanizationJoseon baekja
McCune–ReischauerChosŏn paekcha

Joseon white porcelain or Joseon baekja refers to the white porcelains produced during the Joseon dynasty (1392-1910).


White porcelains were preferred and praised over other porcelains during the time to represent Korean Confucian ethics such as frugality and pragmatism.[1]

In overall, Joseon ceramics underwent numerous transformations during the five hundred-year period and is generally divided into three major periods; the early, the middle, and the late period.

Although the chronology of Joseon ceramics differs between scholars, three major events affected kiln production; the outcome of the Imjin wars, the establishment of Bunwon (hangul: 분원; hanja: 分院), government-subsidized kilns at Bunwon-ri, Gwangju near Seoul in 1751, and the privatization of Bunwon in 1884.[2]

A number of Joseon porcelain has been registered by the government as National Treasures.


Joseon white porcelains are characterized by the beauty of unpretentious forms, understated decoration, and subtle use of color, reflecting the ideals of Korean Confucian state.


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  1. ^ James Hoare; Susan Pares (1988). Korean, An Introduction. Routledge. p. 143 p. ISBN 0-7103-0299-1. Retrieved 2008-03-29.
  2. ^ John Onians (2004). Atlas of World Art. Laurence King Publishing. p. 205p. ISBN 1-85669-377-5. Government-sponsored kilns at punwon-ri, near Seoul, produced an exquisite and distinctive Joseon white porcelain for use at court and for export to China. Its undecorated cream-colored surfaces, and austere elegant shapes were thought to reflect a purity of mind and moral character appropriate for Neo-Confucian patrons.

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