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Meiping, or plum blossom, vase in the form of a begonia

  • loan
  • Details

    Associated place
    Asia China (place of creation)
    1911 - 1968
    Material and technique
    stoneware, with opaque blue glaze
    15.5 x 7.9 x 7.3 cm (height x width x depth)
    base 4.5 cm (width)
    base 4.7 cm (depth)
    Material index
    Technique index
    coveredcoated glazed,
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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. C66

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

    This vase, which imitates Jun ware of Henan province, is unusual in its shape, which is more characteristic of the Qing period, and in its manufacture of foot and base.

    The small vase is of quatrefoil oval, ‘begonia-shaped’ section, the slender body expanding to a wide shoulder with a tiny neck and flared circular mouth. The deeply hollowed concave base curves towards a begonia-shaped footring. The piece is covered with an opaque, bright turquoise-blue glaze with dense overall crackle, largely wiped from the footring where the yellowish-buff biscuit is visible, but covering the base.

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