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  • Description

    Guan-type stoneware octagonal cup with everted rim and splayed foot. The cup has opaque grey glaze with an even, black-stained crackle.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1723-1735
  • Production place

  • Materials

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  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 46 millimetres
    • Diameter: 80 millimetres
    • Diameter: 34 millimetres (base)
  • Curator's comments

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

    PDF 79

    Cup with guan-type glaze

    Tang Ying (AD 1681–1756), appointed resident supervisor of the imperial kilns at Jingdezhen in AD 1728, describes contemporary Yongzheng-period production of high-fired grey-green iron glazes made in imitation of Ru, guan and ge celadons at Jingdezhen in his 陶成紀事 (Taocheng jishi, ‘Records of Ceramic Production’). This text is very detailed and differentiates two types of later Ru glaze, one with ‘fish-roe’ crackle and one without. Most Yongzheng copies of Song celadons carry six-character underglaze blue seal marks on their bases but a small number are unmarked such as this.

    Stoneware with guan-type crackled glaze
    Guan-type ware
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, Yongzheng period, AD 1723–1735PDF 79





  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Colour pl. 22 and p. 307 bibliographic details
    • Hobson 1934 p. 17, pl. XVI bibliographic details
    • Yorke Hardy 1953 p.21, no. 79, pl. IX bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1999 pp 45-46, no.79 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G95/dc7/sh2

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Guan-type stoneware octagonal cup with everted rim and splayed foot. The cup has opaque grey glaze with an even, black-stained crackle.

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