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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.
- Made in: Henan (province)
- (Asia,China,Henan (province))
- Height: 65 millimetres
- Diameter: 170 millimetres
Published PDF date : Northern Song early 12thCRoom 95 label text:
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
Qingliangsi, Baofeng county, Henan province 河南省，寳豐縣，清凉寺
Northern Song dynasty, about AD 1086–1125
23 March 2009
Reason for treatment
Clean chip and gap gill
Small stained chip on rim, ingrained with dirt. Light surface dirt.
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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Object reference number: RRC38500
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