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Black ware tea bowl with 'partidge feather' glazes



  • stoneware

    Ceramic material made of clay which is fired to a temperature of c.1200-1300⁰c and is often buff or grey in colour.


    • Second floor | Room 38 | China from 800

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  • The Barlow Collection by the University of Sussex

    The Barlow Collection

    This bowl is of particularly high quality, well potted, very finely glazed and with a very attractive colour effect. It copies a rare type of ‘Ding’ ware from Quyang county in Hebei province, which is similarly shaped and glazed but has a cream-white body; see the exhibition catalogue Hare's Fur, Tortoiseshell and Partridge Feathers, Cambridge, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, Mass., 1996, cat.no.16.

    The conical bowl rests on a straight, nearly solid foot with a broad, shallow footring. The even black glaze shows dense radiating rust-brown splashes, forming a mottled fur pattern. The glaze fades to a transparent brown at the rim and the outside is largely covered with a matt persimmon-coloured glaze with glossy black splashes running down from the rim. The foot and base are unglazed, showing a coarse body of a light buff colour.

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