Porcelain

Porcelain is a ceramic material which has specific properties - such as hardness, heat resistance, translucancy and toughness - that makes it very suitable for tableware and jewelry. In jewelry the porcelain pieces were/are painted and glazed and set in brooches, earrings and necklaces. Wedgewood made porcelain items which were unglazed (biscuit). Porcelain served as a popular "canvas" for miniature portrait painting in the 19th century.

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Victorian Brooch depicting a Cherub Painted on Porcelain.
Photo Courtesy of Lang Antiques.