The Selection of China for the Home

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2017-04-10
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Pugh, Gayle
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Many years ago there was found in China the wonderful clay, which, when baked in the sun or kiln, formed utensils from which the people might eat, ·or at least in which to store food. In America, at a later date, we find evidences of the Pueblo Indians having devised the same art. Gradually there was a scientific form of making these dishes. Then motives and designs were introduced, until after prolonged experimentation, the actual use of China came into existence, a step far superior· to the earthenware first used. The skill was transferred to Europe after many years, and the Haviland Company at Limoges, France, was the first European factory of its kind. During the years to follow, the various countries adopted the art and interpreted it in its individual manner, until today we can pick up a piece of china and tell whether it is German, Austrian or English.

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