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Greenware bowl with lotus petals in the style of Guan ware

  • loan
  • Details

    Associated place
    Asia China (place of creation)
    1911 - 1968
    Material and technique
    stoneware, thrown, with carved decoration under a green crackled glaze
    5.3 cm (height)
    13.9 cm (diameter)
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    Technique index
    formed carved,
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    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. C215

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.


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  • The Barlow Collection by the University of Sussex

    The Barlow Collection

    With its crackled green glaze, this bowl is intended to copy a piece of guan (‘official’) ware of the Southern Song dynasty (1127–1279) from Zhejiang province. Yet, its body colour is not correct for pieces from this area, its glaze is too dark and unpleasantly muddy, and its profile overly emphasizes the flare of the rim.

    The rounded bowl has a widely flaring rim and a very low tapering foot, the outside is moulded with a rank of lotus petals, obscured under the thick opaque, dark green crackled glaze, which fully covers the piece, except for the footring. The footring shows a dark brown biscuit, which also shines through the glaze at the rim.

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