"El arcano", the ruthless race for the porcelain formula

Europe did not manufacture its own porcelain until the 18th century, when an alchemist, an artist and a sculptor reinvented this precious material, which only reached the old continent from Asia. What happened thereafter is the history of industrial espionage, the scientific challenges and the hardships in the 'white gold' factories that the astrophysicist Montserrat Villar (La Coruña, 1968) discovered thanks to the book El arcano de Janet Gleeson. & Nbsp ;


At the beginning of the 18th century the windows of the European mansions and palaces were full of expensive pieces of the so-called 'white gold', porcelain. They came from the East, especially from China, because the formula was unknown in Europe. There, pieces were produced in large quantities for several centuries.

Nothing elaborated in Europe was comparable in beauty and quality. These were so expensive objects that they became symbols of power, prestige and good taste. Hence, there was a constant drain of funds towards the East and there was a huge interest in finding the formula of porcelain in our continent.

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