Meissen porcelain at the Frick.

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April 2 2008 7:10 AM

Seven Mysteries of China

Is porcelain addictive?

Click here to read a slide-show essay about the arcane history of porcelain.

Click here to read a slide-show essay about the arcane history of porcelain.

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Christopher Benfey is Mellon professor of English at Mount Holyoke. His latest book, A Summer of Hummingbirds, about writers and artists in Gilded Age America, has just been published by the Penguin Press.

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