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Water pot in the style of Guan ware

  • loan

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

    Although made of porcelain, the body of this piece has been coloured with iron to appear brown, in imitation of crackled stonewares made by the guan (‘official’) kilns at Hangzhou in the Southern Song period (1127–1279).

    The piece has slightly rounded sides with a concave base, a wide everted shoulder collar and a straight neck, somewhat tapering towards the rim. The thick light grey glaze has a prominent dark-stained crackle. The glaze leaves the base free and pulls away at the collar, the glaze gaps revealing a dark brown porcelain body.

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