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Greenware dish with dragons

  • loan

Glossary (4)

glaze, lacquer, slip, stoneware

  • glaze

    Vitreous coating applied to the surface of a ceramic to make it impermeable or for decorative effect.

  • lacquer

    Chinese and Japanese lacquer is made from the sap of the lacquer tree, which is indigenous to Eastern China. It is applied to wood as a varnish or for decorative effect. In India and the Middle East, lacquer is made from the deposit of the lac insect.

  • 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 shallow dish is heavily potted, with everted sides and a flat rim, and rests on a thick tapering foot with recessed pointed base. Two dragons with two legs and an elaborate fish-tail, shaped like a flaming pearl, are applied on the inside, both with details added in slip, mouths open, and the bodies textured to indicate scales. The whole piece is applied with a translucent blue-green glaze, which has drained away from the appliqués and edges, allowing the white body to show through. The unglazed footring has fired brick-red. The rim has a gilt repair.

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