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    Jun stoneware dish with five lobes, in the form of a prunus blossom (mei hua pan). The dish has thick, opaque, duck-egg blue glaze with a fine crackle. There are five spur marks on the base, which is glazed.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1000-1127 (?)
    • 1723-1735
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 42 millimetres
    • Diameter: 259 millimetres
    • Diameter: 176 millimetres (base)
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Northern Song 11thC-12thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 40

    Flower-shaped dish with Jun glaze

    This flower-shaped dish is unusual. It is in the form of a flower with five petals and has five spur marks on the base. Although the glaze is similar to Northern Song dynasty Jun wares there are some unusual features. Fine copies of Northern Song Jun wares were commissioned for the Qing dynasty court and it is possible that this dish is a later copy of a Northern Song Jun ware dish made in the Yongzheng reign.

    Stoneware with opalescent blue glaze or porcelain with opalescent blue glaze
    Jun ware鈞窯
    Yuxian, Henan province 河南省, 禹縣 or Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
    Northern Song dynasty, AD 1000–1127 or Qing dynasty, Yongzheng, AD 1723–35


  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 27 bibliographic details
    • Hobson 1934 p. 67, pl. LXVI bibliographic details
    • Yorke Hardy 1953 p.13, no.40, pl.V bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1999 p.33, no.40 bibliographic details
    • Oriental Ceramic Society 1971 p.78, no.77 bibliographic details
  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    20 November 2008

    Treatment proposal

    Clean, fill chip and paint


    Surface dirt. Small chip on rim

    Treatment details

    Removed gap fill and retouching from the chip with Acetone (propan-1-one/dimethyl ketone) applied on cotton wool swabs. Steam cleaned chip twice with de-ionised water to remove ingrained dirt, dried with paper towels. Allowed to dry fully for one week under a cover to prevent dirt and dust contaminating the clean chips. Gap filled with Fynebond epoxy resin which was bulked heavily with Aerosil 805 fumed silica and coloured with artists' dry ground pigments. Resin was applied with a metal spatula, 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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  • Acquisition notes

    R. L. Hobson, 1934 records: From the Shen Zhifu/Shen Chih-fu Collection, Peking.

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