FAMILLE NOIRE & FAMILLE JAUNE

Famille Noire, meaning the "black family" is famille verte but with a black background. Genuine famille noire pieces made during the Kangxi reign (1662-1722) have the black color achieved by applying a copper-green lead based enamel over an unfired coating of the dry black cobalt which are also used for black outlines. During the firing the two enamels fused resulting in a deep black effect with a hint of green especially visible where the two layers do not fully cover one another. Famille Jaune, meaning the "yellow family" is a variant of famille verte enamel palette in which the ground is covered with yellow enamel.

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