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Ding black ware bowl with seasonal flowers

  • loan

Glossary (3)

Ding, glaze, stoneware

  • Ding

    A Chinese bronze tripod ritual cooking vessel. Also a type of white porcelain from Northern China.

  • glaze

    Vitreous coating applied to the surface of a ceramic to make it impermeable or for decorative effect.

  • stoneware

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


    • currently in research collection

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  • The Barlow Collection by the University of Sussex

    The Barlow Collection

    Similar pieces have been attributed to the Ding kilns of Hebei, and a mould with a similar design is dated in accordance with 1206 (Zhongguo taoci quanji [Complete series on Chinese ceramics], vol.9, Shanghai, 2000, pl.130 top).

    The piece is thinly potted and very light in weight, the conical sides somewhat convex, the rim slightly flared, the short foot with a low footring. The flat centre inside is impressed with a flower spray with two blooms and buds, the sides are divided in six panels by radiating raised lines, each moulded with a flower spray, showing lotus, herbacious peony, tree peony, pomegranate, chrysanthemum, and gardenia, each asymmetrically arranged and delicately rendered, with blooms, leaves and buds clearly depicted. An opaque brown glaze covers the piece inside and out, more thinly applied on and around the base. The rim is bound in copper.

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