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  • Description

    Guan-type stoneware bottle with slender, cylindrical neck tapering to a cylindrical mouthrim. The bottle has thick opaque greenish-grey celadon glaze with a wide irregular crackle stained golden brown.

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    • 1723-1735
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 210 millimetres
    • Diameter: 125 millimetres
    • Diameter: 65 millimetres (base)
    • Diameter: 30 millimetres (mouth)
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing 18thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 7

    Bottle with guan-style glaze

    This pear-shaped bottle is the only unmarked porcelain in this group displayed here. Its dark body and celadon glaze imitates guan (official) wares of the Southern Song dynasty. Its form while common in the Qing period, was unknown in the Southern Song era. Dark clays were used at Jingdezhen in the eighteenth century to create imitations of earlier dark-bodied wares but potters also applied brown washes to the exposed white porcelain body to recreate the紫口鐵足(zikou tiezu ‘purple mouth and iron foot’) of original guan wares made at Hangzhou (see case 54).

    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue mark, crackled celadon glaze, and brown dressing.
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, Yongzheng period, AD1723–35


  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Colour pl. 89 and p. 317 bibliographic details
    • Hobson 1934 p. 11, pl. X bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1999 p.19, no.7 bibliographic details
    • Yorke Hardy 1953 p.3, no.7, pl.II bibliographic details
    • Pierson & Barnes 2002 p.32, no.23 bibliographic details
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    R. L. Hobson, 1934 records: 'From the Imperial Collection, Peking.'

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