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Vase in the style of Guan ware

  • loan
  • Details

    Associated place
    Asia China (place of creation)
    1911 - 1937
    Material and technique
    stoneware, thrown, with white crackled glaze
    12 cm (height)
    9.2 cm (diameter)
    at base 4.4 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. C212

Glossary (2)

glaze, stoneware

  • 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

    The glaze of this piece imitates the crackled guan (‘official’) wares of the Song dynasty (AD 960–1279).

    The vase is heavily potted, with slightly tapering sides, narrowing down to the flared rim and with a recessed base with flat footring. A thick, matt off-white glaze with a stained crackle covers the whole piece, leaving the footring in the brown biscuit. The base is thinly covered with glaze.

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