Fine china refers to a milkyand translucent porcelain dishware that is made mainly from bone ash. Bone ash which consists of finely grounded cow bone will be mixed with different types of materials such as feldspar, and kaolin to transform into bone china.
If the bone china is fired at a high temperature of 1,455° Celsius (2,650° F), it will become porcelain. On the other hand, if it is fired at a lower temperature of 1,200° Celsius (2,200° F), it will become fine china. Fine china is often used for manufacturing dinnerware such as plates, bowls and cups. Fine china has a brighter white but bone china has a higher translucent quality.
Fine china dishware is stronger, and more durable than regular dinnerware. Because it is expensive, it is only used for serving dishes to guests only during special occasions. Fine china dishware are fired at a higher temperature so they are more resistant against chipping. China that is designed for everyday use is made from porous earthenware and is usually heavier.
Many luxury houses decorate their kitchen cupboard with lots of fine china dinnerware. The prices of these china dinnerware is ridiculously expensive if you compare to regular dinnerware. The prices of the China dinnerware depends on a variety of factors including the art on the china, manufacturing quality, and how many pieces are included. Fortunately, you can now do pricing comparison online and find an online shop that offers the china set you want at the cheapest price.
One tip in choosing a Chinaware is to look for one with a simple pattern because complicated pattern can make the food less appetizing, You can mix in a few pieces of other types of festive accent dishware to give the dinner table the theme you want. If you are buying the china for purpose to serve your guests, you should take into account the number of guests that you will be serving.
Most modern Chinaware have 4, 8 or 12 pieces but there are also some that offer 6 pieces. The number of dishes included in the antique dinner set are just the same as the modern chinaware. It is recommended that you buy a few extra pieces more than the number of guests you are serving. This is because you may have an unexpected guest arriving or the dishes can break by accident sometimes.There are some stores allow you to mix and match the dinnerware of different colors.
In conclusion, fine china dishware can be expensive and it would be a great idea to buy it slowly one by one if you don’t have a lot of budget. By doing so, you will be able to collect a large collection of fine china plates or bowls over time.