China’s celebrated “Chairman Mao” Porcelain is being snubbed for the first time by domestic officials following a nationwide anti-corruption campaign, Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday, citing business delegates at an ongoing ceramics fair in Jiangxi province. Replicas of such porcelain, a tailor-made ceramic once crafted for former Chinese President Mao Zedong, are a form of tribute usually priced at 10,000 yuan (about US$1,640) per piece. However, their sales have witnessed dramatic declines in the gift market this year, Huang Kai, deputy manager of Hongxinge Porcelain Co. Ltd., was quoted as saying on the sidelines of the Jingdezhen International Ceramics Fair, which will close on Tuesday in Jingdezhen in the central Jiangxi province. Previously, orders from government and enterprises accounted for over half of overall sales. But so far this year, sales of those gift ceramics have dropped by 30 to 40 percent from the same period last year, Huang said.
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