A vision of whiteness brought into relief through contrast with non-whiteness, rendering everything else mere shadow.

‘It is becoming his obsession, a vision to make porcelain whiter than the Chinese. To make something so white and true and perfect, that the world around it is thrown into shadows as the blackthorn does when flowering in the hedgerows in early spring.’

Source: Edmund de Waal, The White Road (London: Chatto & Windus, 2015), p. 255

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