Canton Painted porcelain, also known as Canton enamel porcelain, included on the State intangible Cultural Heritage List in 2008, has a history of more than 300 years, dating back to the Qing Dynasty (1636-1911).
The art form rooted from western noble circle's order for painted porcelain in 17 century, when Guangzhou, then Canton, was the only maritime foreign trade port of China then. Being export oriented, Canton painted porcelain mixed western art element with traditional Chinese painting.
Nowadays, modern elements and techniques were added to the traditional design of Canton painted porcelain. This east-meets-west aesthetic pleasure makes Canton painted porcelain become favorites of collectors.