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Bowl with copper-red glaze

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Glossary (2)

glaze, porcelain

  • glaze

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

  • porcelain

    Ceramic material composed of kaolin, quartz, and feldspar which is fired to a temperature of c.1350-1400⁰c. The resulting ceramic is vitreous, translucent, and white in colour.


    • currently in research collection

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  • The Barlow Collection by the University of Sussex

    The Barlow Collection

    This bowl copies pieces of the Xuande period (1426–1435), when the finest copper-red glazes were produced. It is inscribed with a spurious Xuande reign mark, which was not so much meant to deceive than to evoke the best wares of the past. The copper pigment, which produces this striking colour when fired at the high temperatures necessary to fire the porcelain itself, is particularly difficult to control and was virtually abandoned after the Xuande period. It was only revived again under the Kangxi Emperor.

    The conical bowl has slightly rounded sides with a flared rim, and a nearly straight foot and domed base. The inside and outside are covered with an intense, somewhat mottled copper-red glaze which turns paler towards the rim, which is white, and darker towards the foot. The base and inside of the foot are covered in a transparent glaze with a faint blue tinge. The base is incised with a four-character Xuande reign mark.

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