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Vase with floral decoration

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Glossary (4)

alkaline glaze, glaze, slip, stoneware

  • alkaline glaze

    A glaze to which alkali, i.e. soda or potash, is added as flux to lower its melting point.

  • glaze

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

  • slip

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


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  • The Barlow Collection by the University of Sussex

    The Barlow Collection

    This vase is following the style of Jin dynasty (1115–1234) Cizhou wares, but differs in proportions and material from the wares of that period and may be later revival. The bright green glaze is applied over a high-fired off-white glaze and would have been fired on at a second firing, at a lower temperature. It is different in composition from the green glazes of other stonewares in the Barlow Collection such as [LI1301.103.1, LI1301.103.2 and LI1301.108], for example, which were fired at high temperatures (c. 1200–1300ºC) and are thus more durable but less intense in colour.

    The pear-shaped vase has a very narrow neck and a widely flaring rim, a flat footring and a recessed base. The piece appears to be fully covered with a finely crackled off-white glaze, painted on one side with a loose flower spray in dark brown slip and then covered with a bright green glaze which leaves only the base free. The glazed footring shows three rough spur marks.

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