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Bowl with two carp

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Glossary (2)

porcelain, underglaze painting

  • 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.

  • underglaze painting

    Painting applied to ceramic material before a transparent, or monochrome or coloured glaze for Islamic objects, is applied. The technique was initially developed in China.


    • currently in research collection

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  • The Barlow Collection by the University of Sussex

    The Barlow Collection

    This bowl shape, in Chinese called mantou xin (‘dumpling centre’), as well as the design of three copper-red carp both originated in the early Ming dynasty (1368–1644) and were revived in the Yongzheng period. For various prototypes of the Xuande period (1426–1435) of similar shape and similar design see Catalogue of the Special Exhibition of Selected Hsüan-te Imperial Porcelains of the Ming Dynasty, National Palace Museum, Taipei, 1998, cat.nos 81, 87, 99, 121, 122.

    The wide rounded bowls have a domed centre and a corresponding concave base, the lowest part of the sides being left unglazed to serve as footring. The pieces are painted on the outside with three carp in underglaze copper-red, all finely rendered in darker outlines and a paler wash, with scales and fins clearly visible and the head structured through lines scraped through the red down to the white. One bowl is of somewhat patchy, but bright red colour, the other is misfired a very dark red. The bases are inscribed with six-character Yongzheng reign marks in underglaze blue in double rings.

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