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Longquan porcelain pear-shaped covered ewer with long spout and handle which is trilobate at the lower end. The ewer has pale greyish green glaze.
- Made in: Longquan (area)
- (Asia,China,Zhejiang (province),Longquan Area)
- Height: 211 millimetres
Published PDF date : Yuan 13th-14th centuryRoom 95 label text:
Ewer and cover
Potters modelled this celadon ewer’s elegant pear-shaped body, long slim curved spout, curved handle and domed-knob cover after a metal prototype, probably silver ware but possibly bronze. Its detailing, such as the base of the handle which splits into three perfectly formed sections, is very fine. Sir Percival David bought the ewer from the Hirooka Collection in Kobe, Japan. Green glazed wares, known as celadons in English, 青瓷(qingci) in Chinese and青瓷 (seiji) in Japanese, were particularly admired in Japan, where they were regarded as treasures, collected as antiques, and suitable shapes used for the tea ceremony.
Stoneware, porcelain-type, with celadon glaze
Longquan region, Zhejiang province 浙江省，龍泉地區
Yuan dynasty, about AD 1300–1368
9 March 2009
Clean cracks on lid. Fill chip.
Light surface dirt.Lid: 5 stained running cracks, old restoration to lid.Jug: 3 stained cracks, stained chip.
Surface cleaned with a 50:50 solution of de-ionised water and Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol, methanol) applied on cotton wool swabs and dried with a paper towel. Steam cleaned all cracks and chip to remove staining. Applied Laponite RD (sodium magnesium lithium silicate) onto wet Japanese tissue paper over the stained cracks to try and draw the stain out, covered with cling film. Removed before fully drying and steam cleaned the break edges. Applied Laponite 3 times, steam cleaning in between each application. The Laponite removed some staining, but not all. Applied Ariel automatic (anionic and non ionic synthetic surfactants, sodium tripolyphosphate) dissolved in warm water and applied onto cotton wool swabs on the break edges. Covered with cling film, removed after a day and steam cleaned the break edges. Reapplied application twice. Allowed to dry fully for two weeks under a cover to prevent dirt and dust contaminating the clean break edges. Gap filled small chip on jug with Fynebond which was bulked heavily with Aerosil 805 fumed silica and coloured with artists' dry ground pigments. Resin was applied with a metal spatula, allowed to cure fully for 2 days, then softened with Acetone on a cotton wool swabs and shaved back to the correct size. Resin was allowed to cure for a further 2 days before being polished with Micromesh fine abrasive cloth (silicon carbide/aluminium oxide) grades 1500, 1800, 2400, 3200, 3600, 4000, 6000, 8000 and 12000. Object was further cleaned with a 50:50 solution of de-ionised water and Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol, methanol) applied on a cotton wool swab and dried with a paper towel.
R. L. Hobson, 1934 records: From the Hirooka Collection, Kobe.
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Object reference number: RRC38635
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