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The Story Behind the Cover (JA13)

Since the time of the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644), collectors and connoisseurs around the world have prized blue-and-white porcelain. We love it, too, so it’s only natural we chose a teapot in Mottahedeh’s Imperial Blue for the cover of our July/August 2013 issue, our first official blue-and-white issue.

Although Imperial Blue was introduced just 21 years ago, in 1992, it is based on a Chinese export porcelain pattern that dates back to 1730. The design of this traditional underglaze blue china, which features a central flowered medallion and floral sprays, is painted in cobalt blue on each piece before the piece is glazed and fired. The delicate 22k gold edging around the teapot lid echoes the resplendent detail in the pearl-embellished table runner and napkins, handcrafted by women in Istanbul, Turkey, for Nuko Creations.

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