Ge-type stoneware flower-pot-stand or censer with straight sides, five cloud-shaped feet and five raised bosses on the rim. The flower-pot-stand has a very dark grey body covered in grey glaze with uneven crackle which is reddish-brown on rim and grey in some areas. Where exposed in firing, the body is reddish. There are three large spur marks on the interior. The rim of the foot and the base of the feet are unglazed.
- Made in: Hangzhou
- (Asia,China,Zhejiang (province),Hangzhou)
- Height: 88 millimetres
- Diameter: 199 millimetres
- Diameter: 83 millimetres (base)
Published PDF date : Southern Song or Yuan 13th-14th centuryRoom 95 label text:
Bulb bowl standing on five feet
Writers described guan ware as having 紫口鐵足(zikou tiezu ‘purple mouth and iron foot’), referring to the dark purplish-grey body showing through the glaze where it runs thin at the rim and to the ferrous-brown colour of the unglazed foot.
Stoneware with celadon glaze
Guan ware 官窯
Hangzhou, Zhejiang province 浙江省, 杭州市
Late Yuan dynasty, about AD 1300–1368
13 February 2009
Reason for treatment
Consolidate crack, possibly tighten join
Surface dirt. Large running crack running from the rim to the centre of the vessel extending through the body and glaze. Consolidation material present within the crack.
The object was cleaned with deionised water and a few drops of Synperonic N (non ionic detergent, nonylphenol ethylene oxide condensate), using cotton wool. After cleaning, surface rinsed with deionised water on cotton wool. Surface wiped with dry lab tissue to remove any remaining water. The crack was examined under magnification and layers of material removed from within the crack with a scalpel. The crack was then steam cleaned to remove loose material and the object left to dry for approximately one week. A crepe bandage tourniquet was placed round the object to reduce the width of the crack. The crack was then consolidated with 10% Paraloid B72 (ethyl methacrylate copolymer) in acetone applied with a micropipette. After curing the crack was filled with Fynebond (epoxy resin) bulked with Aerosil 850 (fumed silica) and artists dry ground pigments to closely match the original. Fills were refined with a scalpel.
Ge-type stoneware flower-pot-stand or censer with straight sides, five cloud-shaped feet and five raised bosses on the rim. Very dark grey body covered in grey glaze with uneven crackle which is reddish-brown on rim and grey in some areas. Rim of foot and base of feet unglazed and where exposed in firing, body is reddish. Three large spur marks inside.
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