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Porcelain is a ceramic material including kaolin.  It originated in China and the manufacturing process was described in Europe by the Jesuit priest Francois Xavier d'Entrecolles in 1712.  In France  the Saint Cloud manufactory and Sevres manufactory produced soft paste porcelain in the early 18th C and from the late 18th C Limoges became the center of hard paste porcelaine.  Porcelain is mostly used for tableware and vases but since the late 19th-early 20th C it is also used to manufacture decorative figures and groups.

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