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White ware ewer with basket-weave decoration

  • loan

Glossary (4)

glaze, luted, porcelain, slip

  • glaze

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

  • luted

    The fusion of parts of ceramics using dilute clay slip.

  • 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.

  • slip

    A semi-fluid clay applied to a ceramic before glazing either to coat the surface or for decorative effect.


    • currently in research collection

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  • The Barlow Collection by the University of Sussex

    The Barlow Collection

    The piece may have been inspired by vases of the Yongzheng period (1723–1735) which are decorated with similar basket-weave designs; see a piece in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, illustrated in Rose Kerr, Chinese Ceramics: Porcelain of the Qing Dynasty 1644–1911, London, 1986, pl.60. The thin, insubstantial porcelain and unbalanced form of the present piece are, however, not in keeping with a Qing dynasty (1644–1911) date.

    The ewer has an ovoid body with a recessed base and a small everted rim to receive the slightly concave cover. The piece is modelled as if placed in a netting of wicker or rope, the body decorated with a low-relief band of entwined strands, and spout and handle forming twisted loops. Those of the spout are hollow, provided with a small opening on top, and open into the body. The cover has a curved stem as knob and is also pierced with a hole. The white porcelain has a grainy surface, and is glazed, except for the base and rims. The spout shows some brown colouration.

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