This Chinese history
timeline shows a simplified chronology of
major dynasties covering a period of several
thousand years (BC2207 - AD1911).
(No guarantee given for
accuracy of content.)
manufacturing reached its zenith during the Ming
and Qing dynasties. For identifying porcelain
manufacturing marks the chronology of the Chinese
emperors of the Ming
and Qing dynasties may be of more interest.
Unless your interest is more with ancient types of ceramics and pottery preceding the Ming dynasty, the detailed reign names and dates of the Ming and Qing dynasty emperors (1368-1911) will be of more relevance.
The origin of porcelain in its current form is attributed to the Song dynasty. Full development is seen during the Ming dynasty and it peaked in the Qing dynasty.
Due to the scarcity of remaining blue and white and polychromous porcelain items from the Song and Yuan dynasties, today's collector of antique Chinese porcelain is mostly limited to Ming, Qing and Republic era porcelain.