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  • Description

    Guan-type stoneware vase of ancient bronze zun form with flattened globular body, wide neck, and flaring mouthrim. The vase has a thick, opaque greenish-grey glaze with some crackle. There are two horizontal bands around the neck, with two ram's head handles in between. The vase has an unglazed footrim.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1911-1930
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 259 millimetres
    • Diameter: 191 millimetres
    • Width: 138 millimetres (base)
    • Depth: 115 millimetres (base)
    • Width: 153 millimetres (mouth)
    • Depth: 126 millimetres (mouth)
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing 18thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 11

    Bronze-shaped vase with celadon glaze


    This vase combines the shape of an ancient bronze with the glaze of Song dynasty guan ware, recreated on a porcelain body. This combination of an interest in the antique and a desire to experiment and create something new is a fundamental part of Chinese culture. This example was made in the Republican era.


    Stoneware with crackled celadon glaze
    Guan-type ware
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
    Republican period, about 1911–1930

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 11 bibliographic details
    • Hobson 1934 p. 7, pl. VI bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1999 p.22, no.11 bibliographic details
    • Pierson & Barnes 2002 p.30, no.21 (and base) bibliographic details
    • Yorke Hardy 1953 p.4, no.11 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case50/sh1

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    R. L. Hobson, 1934 records: 'From the Imperial Collection, Peking.'

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.11

Guan-type stoneware vase of ancient bronze zun form with flattened globular body, wide neck, and flaring mouthrim. The vase has a thick, opaque greenish-grey glaze with some crackle. There are two horizontal bands around the neck, with two ram's head handles in between. The vase has an unglazed footrim.

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