Pair of Chinese Decorative Porcelain Vases, China, ca. 1940. In baluster form, multiple colors and several genre scenes, an artist painting, a gift bearer, a game scene, and a pond with floating fowl. One vase has small hairline fissure within the neck, but not on outside of vase. Otherwise in excellent condition. Vases 23 3/4" high x 12" diameter, & on stand 30". Porcelain was first developed in China around 2,000 years ago, then slowly spread to other East Asian countries, and finally Europe and the rest of the world. Its manufacturing process is more demanding than that for earthenware and stoneware, the two other main types of pottery, and it has usually been regarded as the most prestigious type of pottery for its delicacy, strength, and its white color. It combines well with both glazes and paint, and can be modelled very well, allowing a huge range of decorative treatments in tablewares, vessels and figurines. It also has many uses in technology and industry.