These are products of Jingdezhen Province, formerly spelt Ching Teh Chen and known as the "Ceramics Metropolis" of China. "Jingdezhen" is a synonym for Chinese porcelain.
People there began to produce ceramics as early as 1,800 years ago in the Eastern Han Dynasty. In the Jingde Period (1004-1007), Emperor Zhenzong of the the Song Dynasty. decreed that Changnanzhen should produce the porcelain used by the imperial court, with each inscribed at the bottom "Made in the Reign of Jingde." From then on people began to call all chinaware bearing such inscriptions "porcelain of Jingdezhen."
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