Articles by Dola RC

The Enduring Charm of Blue and White Porcelain

Blue and White Porcelain Bowl (circa 1600 - 1624)

Centuries have passed since the origin of blue and white porcelain in China. Yet, the attraction associated with blue and white tableware, vases and figurines never seems to cease. Do you know the secret of their enduring charm? To understand that you will have to briefly survey the origin of blue and white porcelain and their worldwide popularity at a time when railways and aeroplanes were the dreams of the future. Read this post and find out more about these blue and white beauties.

The Fascinating World of a Chinese Vase

Chinese Vase, Kangxi Period

A Chinese vase is revered for its exceptional beauty and intricacy of design. You are not the only one to steal admiring glances at a charming Ming vase prominently on display at the shopping window. Chinese vases are available in an extensive range of colours and designs. Before you attempt to buy a Chinese vase, familiarise yourself with the types of glazes, shapes and styles of these pieces. Use our tips to decorate your home with these delicate pieces of porcelain art. Buy Chinese vases that you could really be proud of and thoroughly enjoy the whole experience.

Hummel Figurines: The Enchanting Creations of Sister Maria Innocentia

Hummel Figurine by Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel

The angelic faces of the Hummel porcelain figurines do not fail to enchant us with their beauty and innocence. Rare Hummel figurines regularly fetch high prices. It seems surprising that these beautiful figurines could be a subject of an enormous amount of ridicule and censorship in Germany under the Nazi regime. How did Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel, the creator of the Hummel figurines, took it all? We explore her life and legacy in this article.

Terracotta Art of Bengal

Terracotta Temple of Bishnupur, Bankura, West Bengal

Terracotta art and architecture reached unprecedented heights in 16th century Bengal. The devotional movement then sweeping over the region, opened floodgates of creativity. Sacred and civilian buildings, made of baked clay bricks and decorated with extravagant motifs, were set up to showcase the resurgent innovative spirits of the artists and craftsmen. Monumental structures were designed by the architects using innovative techniques that managed to defy the fragility of terracotta structures. Even five hundred years on, the remains of these historical edifices overwhelm us with their beauty and intricacy. What was the essence of terracotta art? And, how did the artists manage to create such timeless pieces of work?