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Dish in the style of Guan ware

  • 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 crackled glaze, which copies guan, the ‘official’ ware of the Southern Song period (1127–1279), continued to remain popular throughout the Ming (1368–1644) and Qing (1644–1911) dynasties. Wheras the Song pieces were made in the then capital, Hangzhou in Zhejiang province, the later pieces were made by the main porcelain manufacturing centre, Jingdezhen in Jiangxi, with a porcelain body that was deliberately stained dark brown, in order to imitate the Song prototype more faithfully. The present dish is, however, not in a shape known from the Song period, and the glaze is much glossier than the Song dynasty version.

    The shallow dish rises from a narrow splayed foot with deeply undercut base, the wide everted sides with convex profile on the outside, but flared on the inside. The piece is heavily potted, covered with a glaze of bluish-grey tone which shows a double crackle with prominent black-stained and lesser reddish-brown veins. Some glaze gaps on the outside show that the glaze was very thickly applied over a dark brown body. The foot is neatly finished and the footring unglazed.

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