Dating porcelain shards

One of Li’s most famous projects was his 2010 collaboration with Lacoste, for its Holiday Collector Series.

Here, he used shattered pieces of some custom-made porcelain bowls with hand-painted versions of the French fashion label’s crocodile logo.

Croix I spent most of my days snorkeling and treasure hunting.

I was surprised to find something other than sea glass and seashells–I discovered “Chaney”! First of all the name, a word made up by local children who used to smooth and round out these shards and use them as play money, combining the words “china” and “money” they became forever known as Chaney. Well, one explanation is that aboard passenger ships originating from Europe passengers found many of their luxury items, mainly their dinnerware had broken during their journey.

Xiaofeng shaped and polished the shards as usual, but instead of drilling holes and linking them with wire he photographed each (251 for the men’s polo and 304 for the women’s) and placed them one by one in a life-size digital pattern of the polo’s front, back and sleeves.

He chose a dark blue ribbing for the collar and sleeves on the men’s polo and a light blue for women.

Chinese ceramics normally belong in a museum or your grandmother’s antique cabinet, right?

Well, Beijing-based artist Li Xiaofeng doesn’t seem to think so.

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This though can only be a guide to a date - it is not an exact science and some backstamps were used for many, many years.

For the limited edition printed polo, he chose blue and white shards with lotus and children designs from the Kangxi Period (1662 - 1772 AD) of the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911 AD).

The lotus grows from mud underwater to emerge as a flower, symbolising purity and rebirth.

The slaves in desire of their freedom looted and burned these finely-appointed plantations and many of the items were destroyed.

Mochaware : Psychedelic swirls and modernistic lines can be found dating back to the 1700s.