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Blue-and-white vase with green glaze

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Glossary (3)

glaze, porcelain, underglaze painting

  • 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.

  • underglaze painting

    Painting applied to ceramic material before a transparent, or monochrome or coloured glaze for Islamic objects, is applied. The technique was initially developed in China.


    • currently in research collection

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  • The Barlow Collection by the University of Sussex

    The Barlow Collection

    Although blue-and-white vases of this type are well known, this version, with a light green glaze covering a plain middle section, is highly unusual and may represent at trial that was not continued. For a blue-and-white vase painted with peacocks and peonies in the centre see Song Liangbi (ed.), Guangdong Sheng Bowuguan cang taoci xuan [Selection of ceramics from the Guangdong Provincial Museum], Beijing, 1992, pl.119.

    The tall vase has a narrow, widely flared neck with an angled rim flange, the sides have an S-shaped profile, with a wide, rounded shoulder and the piece rests on a broad shallow footring. The vase is painted under the glaze in a soft cobalt-blue with a cloud collar with four lappets enclosing lotus sprays between formal cloud motifs round the shoulder, a narrow stylized ruyi border below the neck, florets flanked by leaves around it, the rim being painted in blue, and a band of petal panels enclosing foliate motifs at the foot. The painted areas are covered with a colourless glaze, but the main part of the vase, which was left plain, is covered with a mottled light green celadon glaze, densely suffused with bubbles, which has imperceptively blended with the white glaze at the shoulder, but covers the colourless glaze and partly obliterates the blue painted design at the foot, where it ran down in thick streaks. The base and footring are left in the biscuit, which has turned a light orange.

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