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Title Lettre du Pere d'Entrecolles, Missionaire de la Compagnie de Jesus, sur la Porcelaine, Au Pere Orry de la meme Compagnie
Reference General Reference Collection 899.d.2.(1.)
Library The British Library
Date 1780
Author(s) d'Entrecolles, Francois Xavier
Description Francois Xavier d'Entrecolles was a French priest who spent time in China where he became a key figure in the Jesuit China Missions. Between 1706-1719, he became the Superior General of the French Jesuits in China, and spent much of his time investigating porcelain production in the famous region of Jingdezhen. He discovered the secret behind true hard-paste porcelain, which, unbeknownst to him, had already been discovered by the founders of Meissen Porcelain in Germany. Nevertheless, d'Entrecolles' letters seen here were sent to Father Orry in 1712, and later became fundamental in the establishment of Sèvres Porcelain in France.
Document Type Printed Book, Correspondence
Primary Commodity Porcelain
Theme Exploration and Discovery
Keywords artisan, ceramic, china, invention, raw material, religion
Region Europe, East Asia
Places France; China
Copyright The British Library