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ewer / cover

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  • Description

    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.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 14thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 211 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Yuan 13th-14th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 218

    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 ware龍泉窯    
    Longquan region, Zhejiang province 浙江省,龍泉地區
    Yuan dynasty, about AD 1300–1368


  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 56 bibliographic details
    • Hobson 1934 p. 45, pl. XLV bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1997 p.24, no.218 bibliographic details
    • Krahl & Harrison-Hall 2009 p.46, no.19 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1974 p.6, no.218 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1977 pp 26-27, no.75 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G95/dc52/s5

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    R. L. Hobson, 1934 records: From the Hirooka Collection, Kobe.

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