The collectables that we know as Chinese Export Porcelain represent a small but important part of the trade that existed between America and China in the 18th and 19th centuries. In this book we outline the history of the China trade, and in the process identify the various porcelain styles and designs that were popular over the years. We touch briefly on the early history of the porcelain industry in Chinaa and the political context in which it developed. We look also at how early exploration and the development of international trade brought Chinese Porcelains into Western markets where it became part of our cultural heritage. The book is a basic introduction for the average collector and focuses on the types of porcelain pieces and the designs that one may encounter at antique shows and shops today.