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Greenware baluster vase with flowers of the four seasons

  • loan

Glossary (3)

glaze, slip, stoneware

  • 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.


    • currently in research collection

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  • The Barlow Collection by the University of Sussex

    The Barlow Collection

    The vase is of baluster shape, with rounded shoulder and tall flaring neck. It has a shallow shoulder collar, and tapers towards a splayed foot with extremely thick footring and recessed domed base. The shoulder is decorated in slip relief with the Flowers of the Four Seasons, showing peony, lotus, chrysanthemum and camellia blooms on an undulating stem, and upright lotus petals below, drawn in outline with a central raised rib; the neck is plain. The somewhat opaque light green glaze does not cover the footring where the purplish-brown biscuit is visible.

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