Vase; salt-glazed stoneware, buff body, cast, the rim incised with three parallel lines and extending to form two handles that merge with the body, which has a ridge below the shoulders; the exterior covered with a deep purplish-red glaze turning to brilliant blue round the lower part; the glaze has dropped below the ridge and has pulled away from the other mouldings so that the profile is always highlighted; the blue effect is an optical illusion caused by phase separation, in which the glass within the glaze scatters a blue light; the interior glazed green; the glaze is of sang-de-boeuf type fired in a reducing atmosphere and then re-oxidised.
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