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Jun

28

Celadon Vase with a Dish-shaped Mouth, Longquan Ware

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Celadon Vase

Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279)

Longquan kiln is located in Longquan, Zhejiang province This celadon vase with a dish-shaped mouth distinguishes itself with its elegant shape and pure, beautiful glaze. The color and quality of the powder-blue glaze reflect the most consummate skill of firing celadon wares in Chinese history. The special glaze material of Longquan wares of the Southern Song dynasty was highly adhesive and high-temperature resisting. Therefore, the glaze would not fall down during firing. Powder blue and plum green are the two most famous glaze colors. The plum-green glaze is thicker than 1.5 millimeters, showing jade-like luster.

Jun

1

Ju Ware Bowl in the Shape of a Lotus

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Ju Ware Bowl in the Shape of a Lotus – Northern Sung period (960-1126).

Height: 10.4 cm, diameter: 16.2 cm, diameter of base: 8.1 cm, depth: 7.6 cm, weight: 465 g

Ju Ware Bowl in the Shape of a Lotus

This ten-lobed lotus bowl has gently curved sides, a subtly flaring rim, smooth transition from one petal lobe to the next, and a relatively tall ring foot. The blue-green glaze, from rim to the base, is uniformly thin and opaque, with fine crackling. During firing, this piece was supported by five tiny points underneath the ring foot, and these are the only parts of the body not covered by the glaze. At these points, it is possible to make out the grayish-yellow unglazed ceramic body.

Feb

12

Blue and white wares

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Blue and white porcelain

Following in the tradition of earlier qingbai porcelains, blue and white wares are glazed using a transparent porcelain glaze. The blue decoration is painted onto the body of the porcelain before glazing, using very finely ground cobalt oxide mixed with water. After the decoration has been applied the pieces are glazed and fired.

It is believed that underglaze blue and white porcelain was first made in the Tang Dynasty. Only three complete pieces of Tang blue and white porcelain are known to exist (in Singapore from Indonesian Belitung shipwreck ), but shards dating to the 8th or 9th century have been unearthed at Yangzhou in the Jiangsu province. It has been suggested that the shards originated from a kiln in the province of Henan. In 1957, excavations at the site of a pagoda in the province Zhejiang uncovered a Northern Song bowl decorated with underglaze blue and further fragments have since been discovered at the same site. In 1970, a small fragment of a blue and white bowl, again dated to the 11th century, was also excavated in the province of Zhejiang.

In 1975, shards decorated with underglaze blue were excavated at a kiln site in Jiangxi and, in the same year, an underglaze blue and white urn was excavated from a tomb dated to 1319, in the province of Jiangsu. It is of interest to note that a Yuan funerary urn decorated with underglaze blue and underglaze red and dated 1338 is still in the Chinese taste, even though by this time the large-scale production of blue and white porcelain in the Yuan, Mongol taste had started its influence at Jingdezhen.

Starting early in the 14th century, blue and white porcelain rapidly became the main product of Jingdezhen, reaching the height of its technical excellence during the later years of the reign of the Kangxi Emperor and continuing in present times to be an important product of the city.

The tea caddy illustrated shows many of the characteristics of blue and white porcelain produced during the Kangxi period. The translucent body showing through the clear glaze is of great whiteness and the cobalt decoration, applied in many layers, has a fine blue hue. The decoration, a sage in a landscape of lakes and mountains with blazed rocks is typical of the period. The piece would have been fired in a saggar (a lidded ceramic box intended to protect the piece from kiln debris, smoke and cinders during firing) in a reducing atmosphere in a wood-burning egg-shaped kiln, at a temperature approaching 1350 °C.

Distinctive blue-and-white porcelain was exported to Japan where it is known as Tenkei blue-and-white ware or ko sometsukei. This ware is thought to have been especially ordered by tea masters for Japanese ceremony.

Dec

31

2009 China Jingdezhen Int’l Ceramic Fair

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Photo taken on Oct. 18, 2009 shows a blue-and-white porcelain clock on shown at the exhibition hall of 2009 China Jingdezhen International Ceramic Fair in Jingdezhen, east China’s Jiangxi Province. The 2009 China Jingdezhen International Ceramic Fair kicked off here on Oct. 18.

Visitors tour the exhibition hall of 2009 China Jingdezhen International Ceramic Fair in Jingdezhen, east China’s Jiangxi Province, Oct. 18, 2009.

A visitor views exhibits at the exhibition hall of 2009 China Jingdezhen International Ceramic Fair in Jingdezhen, east China’s Jiangxi Province, Oct. 18, 2009.

A woman shows blue-and-white porcelain clocks at the exhibition hall of 2009 China Jingdezhen International Ceramic Fair in Jingdezhen

A woman shows a blue-and-white porcelain clock at the exhibition hall of 2009 China Jingdezhen International Ceramic Fair in Jingdezhen, east China’s Jiangxi Province, Oct. 18, 2009. The 2009 China Jingdezhen International Ceramic Fair kicked off here on Oct. 18.

Dec

1

Complete Collection of Ceramic Art Unearthed in China

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Language:     Chinese and English bilingual
Author:           Zhang Bai   
Pub. Date:      2008
Format:           Special;  215*290mm;   240 pages with color photos
Subject:          Collection     

【Introduction】

   1. Tianjin Area
Tianjin is located in the northeastern corner of Huabei Plain. Bound on the north by the Yan mountains, on the east by the Bohai Sea, crossed by the Daqing and Ziya rivers, the Northern and Southern canals, Hai and Jiyun rivers, Tianjin from antiquity served as a major crossroads for sea and river commerce.
Ming and Qing period porcelains from the Tianjin area are quite spectacular. Types include vases, jars, handled ewers, bowls, and various dishes. Bodies are made usually out of refined clay and tend to be delicately thin. Porcelain types include those with underglaze blue or red designs, and those with black, white, soy-brown, bluish-white (qingbai), or black-and-white colored glazes. Techniques of creating ornament are various. Themes featured on blue-and-white colored wares include primarily plantains, stylized grasses and leaves, cloud scrolls, floral scrolls, lotus petals, hollowed rocks, and coiled dragon motifs. On the undersides of circular feet of vessels one frequently sees the mark of studio names, known in Chinese as “tang kuan.”2. Liaoning Area
Based on current archaeological data, the majority of Liaoning ceramics derive from tombs. The earliest finds include a six loop-lug greenware jar from the tomb of Han Ji at Chaoyang, dated to 612 of the Sui dynasty (the 8th year of Daye). During the Tang, Chaoyang (the then Luicheng city) was the administrative capital of Yingzhou commandery; it was the country’s northeastern stronghold, thus the area has a significant number of Sui and Tang tombs. The most commonly witnessed vessel type is the multiple loop-lug jar, a hallmark of northern greenwares.3. Jilin Area
Jilin is located on China’s northern frontier, far away from the well-known porcelain manufacturing centers of the Central Plains and Yangtze River valley. Ceramics came late to Jilin. Archaeology works have recently been very active in Jilin. A remarkably large group of finds derive from Ming tombs in Fuyu county. Porcelain types vary from famille rose, wucai (five colors), blue-and-white, to white. Themes vary from flowers and grasses, birds and insects, floral scrolls, to inscriptions. Vessel types include bowls, dishes, stem cups, and yuhuchun vases. Ceramic figurines of dogs, rams, and human heads have also been excavated from the Tahu city site of Liao and Jin period date.4. Heilongjiang Area
Heiliongjiang, located on the northeasternmost edge of China, is one area that has not yet revealed evidence of an ancient kiln site. The earliest ceramic remains currently known come from the Bohai period (contemporaneous with Tang dynasty) Longquan prefecture (the Shangjiang or Superior Capital) in today’s Ning’an city. A total of ten porcelains have been unearthed from the residential area in the western part od the city; No.1 Buddhist Temple in the eastern part; administrative office in the eastern part of the palace area; and royal residence in the western part of the palace area. Nine of these are white-galzed bowls, and only one of which can be restored and may be characterized as having a lipped mouth, inwardly sloping belly, a jade disk-shaped base. Another is a black-glazed jar with damaged mouth, straight belly walls, and a flat base, similar bowls and jars have been discovered in Tang tombs of the Central Plains, suggesting that these vessels were manufactured there.

【Main Contents】

1. Greenware (qingci or qingyouci) bowl
2. Greenware jar with four loop-lugs
3. Greenware vase with two lugs
4. Greenware ewer
5. White-glazed bowl
6. Greenware dish with carved chrydanthemum design, Yaozhou ware, Shaanxi
7. White-glazed dish in lobed shape, attr. Ding ware, Hebei
8. White-glazed dishes in lobed shape, attr. Dingware, Hebei
9. White-glazed foliate dish
10. White-glazed dish of lobed form
11. Pair of white-glazed square dishes with moulded peony design
12. White-glazed jar in pagoda shape
13. White-glazed spittoon
14. Jun-glazed bowl with purple splashes
15. White-glazed spittoon
16. White figure of Guangyin with red-and-green enamels
17. Soy-brown glazed bowl
18. Celadon sugarcane-sectioned washer (zheduanxi), Longquan ware, Zhejiang
19. Celadon tripod incense burner (sanzuzun), Longquan ware, Zhejiang
20. Longquan celadon lampstand
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221. Wucai bowl with peach and flower design on both sides, attr. Jingdezhen ware, Jiangxi
222. Wucai bowl with design of two lions playing with an embroidered ball on both sides, attr. Jingdezhen ware, Jiangxi
223. Wucai dish with four blossoms outside, lingzhi immortal fungus and a mark “shou (longevity)” inside, attr.        Jingdezhen ware, Jiangxi
224. Wucai bowl with double lions and a ball inside and two qilin and two horses outside, a mark “fugui jiaqi (fine vessel        for the wealthy and noble)”
225. Doucai (joined colors) censer with dragon design, attr. Jingdezhen ware, Jiangxi
226. Bule-and-white stem up with design of four sea creatures in waves, Chenghua mark
227. Wucai ewer with chicken head spout and mouse handle, attr. Jingdezhen ware, Jiangxi
228. Peacock-blue glazed square saucer
229. Celadon bowl with impressed story scenes about Confucius, Han Xin, Li Bai and Zhenzi, Longquan ware, Zhejiang
230. Longquan celadon foliate dish with incised design
231. Longquan celadon foliate dish with incised design
232. Peacock-blue glazed dish with incised design
233. Blue-and-white cup with a blue mark inside and two auspicious animals outside, attr. Jingdezhen ware, Jiangxi
234. Meiping with aubergine-purple (qiepizi) glaze and white plum design
235. Blue-and-white dish with dragon and sea waves inside and two groups of plant designs outside
236. Blue-and-white dish with orchid inside, two groups of plant designs outside, and a symbol mark in the base, attr.        Jingdezhen ware, Jiangxi
237. Wucai dish with fish and waterweed design, a symbol mark in the base, attr. Jingdezhen ware, Jiangxi
238. Bowl with tiger-fur sancai glaze and a square symbol mark in the base, attr. Jingdezhen ware, Jiangxi
239. Blue-and-white bowl with boating design associated with the Red Cliff by Su Dongpo, a mark “Taosheng xuan li        (Made by the Taosheng Studio)” in the base, attr. Jingdezhen ware, Jiangxi
240. Bowl with painting of fish in the centre and on side, a mark “Fenglai xuanzhi (Made by the Fenglai Studio)” in the        base, attr. Jingdezhen ware, Jiangxi

Jun

9

Fluted Ceramic Vase, Small

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Fluted Ceramic Vase, Small
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Height 15.5cm

Ceramic Crystal Glaze Fluted vase, small, available in 2 colours, Blue & Green.

The glaze is beautifully finished in a creamy high gloss, and detailed with a fluid pattern, like droplets of oil spreading out in water or the layers of a crystal.

Each vase comes individually packaged in its own box.

A stylish gift to add an elegant touch to any room.

Detailed Dimensions: Height 15.5cms

Jun

9

Bud Vase

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Bud Vase

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Height 11.5cm

Ceramic Crystal Glaze Bud Vase, available in 2 colours, Blue & Green.

The glaze is beautifully finished in a creamy high gloss, and detailed with a fluid pattern, like droplets of oil spreading out in water or the layers of a crystal.

Each vase comes individually packaged in its own box.

A stylish gift to add an elegant touch to any room.

Detailed Dimensions: Height 11.5cms