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famille

/famij/
noun
1.
a type of Chinese porcelain characterized either by a design on a background of yellow (famille jaune) or black (famille noire) or by a design in which the predominant colour is pink (famille rose) or green (famille verte)
Word Origin
C19: literally: family
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  • We have noted the green family, "famille verte," of Kang-he.

    Chats on Oriental China J. F. Blacker
  • In the last reign we considered, but only shortly, this "famille rose."

    Chats on Oriental China J. F. Blacker
  • This glaze could be fairly described as late "famille verte."

    Chats on Oriental China J. F. Blacker
  • To invent some combination by which the famille Roque should take itself off.

    Lady Barbarina Henry James
  • Mackenzie, though the paternity of his famille déplorable of novels was no secret, preserved a strict nominal incognito.

    The English Novel George Saintsbury
  • As if to balance this default the rose colour from gold was discovered, which gave birth to the rose family, "famille rose."

    Chats on Oriental China J. F. Blacker
  • Our illustration is an egg-shell Lantern, one of a pair, in the finest quality "famille verte" on white.

    Chats on Oriental China J. F. Blacker
  • A pair of powder-blue teapots relieved with panels decorated with flowers in "famille verte."

    Chats on Oriental China J. F. Blacker
  • Embrassez de ma Part Madame, et le reste de la chre famille.

  • These belong to the "famille rose" in which the characteristic note is a delicate rose pink.

    The Potter's Craft Charles F. Binns

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