Ding porcelain dish, with copper-bound mouth rim. Creamy white. There is a three-clawed dragon carved on interior.
- Made in: Quyang (county)
- (Asia,China,Hebei (province),Quyang)
- Height: 57 millimetres
- Diameter: 297 millimetres
Published PDF date : 11thC-12thCRoom 95 label text:
Dish with three-clawed dragon
This dish is incised with a beautiful design of a dragon inside. The base and foot of both are glazed. Between AD 1086 and AD 1127, Ding potters pioneered the technique of fushao (firing a vessel upside down on its rim). Kiln managers saved on fuel by firing a greater number of pots at one time, stacking them in stepped saggars. The disadvantage was the unglazed mouth rim, cleaned free of glaze to avoid the vessel sticking to the saggar. Craftsmen used sheet copper and occasionally gold or silver, cut to size and heated to fit the rims to hide this flaw. Historical accounts suggest that dressing the rim with metal actually enhanced the status of the clay vessel.
Stoneware with carved decoration, transparent glaze and copper rim mount
Quyang county, Hebei province 河北省, 曲陽縣
Jin dynasty, about AD 1115–1234
On display: G95/dc9/sh1
20 August 2009
Reason for treatment
Improve discoloured restorations.
Two old restorations were found on the rim of the plate protruding beneath the metal rim. When the discoloured overpaint was removed, two uneven plaster fills were found underneath. These covered up chips on the rim which were discoloured.
The discoloured overpaint was removed from the surface with acetone applied on cotton wool swabs on a satay stick.The old plaster fills were then removed manually using a scalpel blade.The chip underneath was stained and this was removed to an extent using acetone swabs, ariel and light steam cleaning using distilled water.The missing areas were then filled with Fynebond an epoxy resin mixed with fumed silica and pigments. Cut back with a scalpel blade and sanded smooth with various grades of abrasive paper.
R. L. Hobson, 1934 records: From the W. C. Alexander Collection. Margaret Medley 1980 records: R. L. Hobson and A Hetherington, "The Art of the Chinese Potter", Pl. 49. PDF Card: Acquired 1931, lot 41 from Sparks for £140.
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Object reference number: RRC38577
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