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Greenware bowl and lid with floral decoration

  • 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

    Although this bowl and cover fit well together stylistically and would originally have been combined in a similar way, the two pieces did not originally belong, as they are very different in quality, the lid being much finer.

    The deep U-shaped bowl rests on a high straight foot and has a convex base. It is carved on the outside with a stylized flower scroll with two large fully opened blooms between two smaller ones, depicted in profile. The olive-green glaze is strongly crazed, the crackle with brown discoloration probably from contact with earth. The sides show cracks with a gilt repair. The base is very thinly covered with glaze and the footring largely unglazed, showing a brown biscuit.

    The domed cover has an everted rim and a small curled stalk-shaped knob. It is made of a lighter-firing clay and its smooth olive-green glaze, which was applied over a pale slip, has no crazing and is very fine in texture. It is carved with a flower scroll with three similar smaller blooms as on the bowl. The underside is unglazed but slipped.

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