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Jingdezhen As A Ming Industrial Center

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Jingdezhen was transformed from a market into an industrial center, so that by the end of the Ming dynasty most kilns outside had closed down and production was concentrated in the town. A number of factors were involved in this transformation. The most important factors are the interest of the Court in porcelain, the availability of raw materials, the technical expertise of the potters, labor supply, appropriate management and financing, transport and marketing networks, the growth of an export trade, and the great changes taking place in the national economy during the sixteenth century. Although the interest of the imperial court in procuring supplies of porcelain was a vital stimulus to the industry, its development was only possible within the context of the increasingly commercialized Chinese economy of the sixteenth century. Jingdezhen's great strength was its adaptability and this seems to have been due to the lack of central control.

Keywords: Chinese economy; imperial court; Jingdezhen; marketing network; porcelain; potters; raw materials



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