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Gradually the Chinese kilns recovered, and by about 1740 the first period of Japanese export porcelain had all but ceased.
Partly as a result of the work of Francois Xavier d'Entrecolles however, an early example of industrial spying in which the details of Chinese porcelain manufacture were transmitted to Europe, Chinese exports of porcelain soon shrank considerably, especially by the end of the reign of the Qianlong Emperor.
; literally: 'Blue flowers/patterns') covers a wide range of white pottery and porcelain decorated under the glaze with a blue pigment, generally cobalt oxide.
By the end of the century, a large Chinese export porcelain trade with Europe had developed, and the so-called Kraak ware style had developed.
In the early 14th century, mass-production of fine, translucent, blue and white porcelain started at Jingdezhen, sometimes called the porcelain capital of China.