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Greenware bowl with lotus petals

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Glossary (3)

glaze, lacquer, stoneware

  • glaze

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

  • lacquer

    Chinese and Japanese lacquer is made from the sap of the lacquer tree, which is indigenous to Eastern China. It is applied to wood as a varnish or for decorative effect. In India and the Middle East, lacquer is made from the deposit of the lac insect.

  • stoneware

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


    • currently in research collection

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  • The Barlow Collection by the University of Sussex

    The Barlow Collection

    The small bowl has rounded sides with a widely flaring rim, and a straight narrow foot with a pointed base. The outside is carved in relief with narrow lotus petals, the body is near-white, the glaze of beautiful light blue-green colour with a large-scale crackle, the unglazed footring brick red. The inside has polished-down traces of grit, the rim has a gold lacquer repair decorated with tiny square flakes of gold leaf in a different tone.

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