Dragonware is used to describe porcelain items with a raised decoration, normally depicting an oriental dragon. Dragonware is a form of moriage pottery, a ‘slip work’ or ‘slip clay’ process which gives an item three-dimensional appearance.
Most dragonware pieces originate from Japan. Typical designs normally depict a dragon surrounded by wisps of smoke, among other designs. Styles changed dramatically over the eras.
Although dragonware is still produced today, contemporary pieces are generally of the lesser quality and are therefore less collectible than antique specimens.
Among the most sought-after specimens are dragonware items from the end of the 1800s until the mid 1900s.
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