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The Barlow Collection

A select catalogue of the Barlow collection of Chinese Ceramics, Bronzes and Jades by the University of Sussex (published Sussex, 2006).

The Barlow Collection by the University of Sussex

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Greenware cosmetic box and incense burner lid

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Glossary (3)

glaze, slip, stoneware

  • glaze

    Vitreous coating applied to the surface of a ceramic to make it impermeable or for decorative effect.

  • slip

    A semi-fluid clay applied to a ceramic before glazing either to coat the surface or for decorative effect.

  • stoneware

    Ceramic material made of clay which is fired to a temperature of c.1200-1300⁰c and is often buff or grey in colour.


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  • The Barlow Collection by the University of Sussex

    The Barlow Collection

    This box and cover do not belong together, both being made of different material. The box was probably a cosmetics container, the cover may have formed part of an incense burner.

    The box has straight sides with a recessed rim, and tapers from an angle down to the low, unevenly shaped foot. It is heavily potted, the body covered with a white slip and a brownish-green glaze, which covers most of the outside and inside, but leaves the rim areas, and the lower part of the outside exposed in the dark purplish-red biscuit. The white slip has run down to the foot in one place.

    The domed cover has a flat top with a mushroom-shaped knob, the sides are pierced with three almond-shaped openings, below which a band of clay is applied, pinched into undulating ‘piecrust’ shape. A bluish-green glaze is applied to the upper part of the cover and the center inside, leaving a large area around the rim free, where the biscuit has fired a yellowish-buff tone, while it turned grey under the glaze.

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