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White ware bowl with floral decoration

  • loan

Glossary (2)

glaze, porcelain

  • glaze

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

  • porcelain

    Ceramic material composed of kaolin, quartz, and feldspar which is fired to a temperature of c.1350-1400⁰c. The resulting ceramic is vitreous, translucent, and white in colour.


    • currently in research collection

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  • The Barlow Collection by the University of Sussex

    The Barlow Collection

    This bowl has three characters, the name Wu Mingzhi, moulded onto three leaves, faintly visible. Such ‘signatures’ are extremely rare on Chinese ceramics. It is therefore not clear whether this would be the name of the maker or of a patron.

    The rounded conical bowl has a thin straight foot and is slightly flared at the rim. The centre inside is clearly indicated and indistinctly moulded with a floral motif, the sides with a peony scroll with a multitude of flowers and leaves, evenly filling the space but leaving a band at the rim plain. The outside is carved with simple petals with pointed tips. The translucent glaze has a faint blue tinge and fully covers foot and base but leaves the rim free, which has been covered by a copper band.

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