Jingdezhen Porcelain is the most well-known type of Chinese porcelain, originating from Jingdezhen city, Jiangxi Province in southern China. It is characterized by fine quality, graceful shapes and elaborate patterns, representing the classical ceramic art all around the world.
Jingdezhen may have produced pottery as early as the sixth century CE, in whose reign it became a major kiln site, around 1004. By the 14th century it had become the largest centre of production of Chinese porcelain, which it has remained, increasing its dominance in subsequent centuries. From the Ming period onwards, official kilns in Jingdezhen were controlled by the emperor, making imperial porcelain in large quantity for the court and the emperor to give as gifts.