THE Chinese potters employed for the colouring of their glazes prior the fourteenth century two metals, and two only, for the great majority of their effects. Those two metals were iron and copper, and bothmmueoo be used extensively in sub-sequent units. But other metals then came into widerase as well, notably cobalt for the well-known blue and white wares, and, later still, gold for the familiar group known as famille rose.
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HETHERINGTON, A. Chinese Ceramic Glazes with Special Reference to Those Derived from Copper* . Nature 163, 900 (1949). https://doi.org/10.1038/163900a0