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  • Description

    Ru stoneware bowl-stand, bowl shaped with a flange shaped like a five petalled flower. The bowl-stand has greyish-blue glaze with fine crackle. There are five elliptical spur marks on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1086-1125
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 65 millimetres
    • Diameter: 170 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Northern Song early 12thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 81

    Flower-shaped bowl stand

    This stand was fired on its foot on a support with five prongs which have left five oval spur marks. Its design is inspired by a mallow flower with five petals. Here the overlapping petals are suggested by using raised slip lines beneath the crackled celadon glaze. Members of the Northern Song imperial court used such stands to support bowls of various materials for drinking tea. Korean potters supplying the Goryeo court with high quality ceramics in the twelfth century made close copies of such Ru wares. Both Korean celadons (see Gallery 94) and Chinese Ru wares have chemically similar glazes, suggesting an early international exchange of technology.

    Stoneware with celadon glaze
    Ru ware汝窯
    Qingliangsi, Baofeng county, Henan province 河南省,寳豐縣,清凉寺
    Northern Song dynasty, about AD 1086–1125


  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 22 bibliographic details
    • Hobson 1934 p. 5, pl. IV(b) bibliographic details
    • Yorke Hardy 1953 p.22, no.81, pl.IX bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2002 p.35, no.9 (right) bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989a p.37, no.13 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1999 p.46, no.81, colour, p.18 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989b p.47, no.31 bibliographic details
    • Krahl & Harrison-Hall 2009 pp 24-25, no.3 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G95/dc53

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    23 March 2009

    Reason for treatment

    Permanent Exhibition

    Treatment proposal

    Clean chip and gap gill


    Small stained chip on rim, ingrained with dirt. Light surface dirt.

    Treatment details

    Glazed 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. Chip was cleaned with the same solution but with a stencil brush. Gap filled with Fynebond epoxy resin which was bulked heavily with Microballoons (silica or phenolic resin) to create a core fill. Heavily bulked Fynebond with Aerosil 805 fumed silica and coloured with artists' dry ground pigments. Resin was applied with a metal spatula onto the core fill, allowed to cure fully for 2 days, then softened with Acetone (propan-1-one/dimethyl ketone) 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.

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