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Dish in the style of Guan ware

  • loan
  • Details

    Associated place
    Asia China (place of creation)
    1911 - 1949
    Material and technique
    porcelain, thrown, with bluish-grey crackled glaze
    2.2 cm (height)
    16.8 cm (diameter)
    at foot 5.2 cm (diameter)
    Material index
    Technique index
    coveredcoated glazed,
    Object type index
    No. of items
    Credit line
    Lent by the Sir Alan Barlow Collection Trust.
    Accession no.
  • Further reading

    University of Sussex, and Arts and Humanities Research Council, The Barlow Collection, supervised by Regina Krahl, Maurice Howard, and Aiden Leeves (Sussex: University of Sussex, 2006), no. C104

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

    The dish is imitating guan (‘official’) ware of the Southern Song period (1127–1279), but the shape, with its distinct indentations and deep lobes, is unknown from that period, as is this placement of spur marks outside the footring. The glaze is too glossy, with the wrong texture, and the wide-meshed crackle uncharacteristic of early wares.

    The piece has rounded, slightly angled sides, widely flaring towards the rim with is cut into five deep lobes. The outside is strongly indented with five radiating grooves which start at the shallow, narrow foot and reach right up to the lip. The piece is covered with a bluish-grey glossy glaze with a wide-meshed crackle, which has discoloured to a yellowish brown at the rim and on the underside, where it adheres in a thinner layer. The footring is unglazed, showing a dark brown body, and surrounded by a ring of seven evenly spaced dot-shaped spur marks.

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