China; Ming Guo; ca. 1911
Pink did not appear on Chinese porcelain until the 1st half of the 18th c. and was brought from Europe by the Jesuits. It is produced from gold chloride by a method discovered in 1670 by a doctor, Andreas Cassius of Leiden. It is fired like enamel colours at a temperature of about 700-800°C in a protected chamber of the kiln. Pieces of porcelain decorated in pink were known as famille rose.