Celadon Ware - Song Dynasty 12th century
Longquan celadon crackle glazed small bowl on a ring base in very fine stoneware. Fully coated, including the base. There object was probably used as a teacup. (5139)
W 90mm H 50mm
Celadon Ware - Ming Dynasty 16th century
Stoneware with green celadon glaze. Circular, shallow bowl with in-turned flat tim resting on three small feet in the shape of monster heads in very thick, heavy stoneware with moulded decoration in relief under a semi-trasparent green celadon glaze. A circular area inside in the centre and on the base has been left underglazes, showing the dark-red colour of the stoneware after oxidisation during firing. On the outside is a moulded decoration depicting scrolls and large stylised peonies. The shape of this tripod bowls derived from bronze incense burners and they serve the same propose. This type of bowl has also been described as a bulb bowl, since it may have been used to hold bulbs of flowers such as narcissus or hyacinths. The form is alread documented in celadon ware dating back to the Northern Song period (see the example illustrated in Hobson 1976 [1st ed. 1915], pl. 40, no. 1); it was revisited in the Yan and Ming period and subsequently also copied in porcelain by the Dehua kilns. (5129)
W 290mm H 110mm
Longquan celadon duck-censer
Modelled with its neck erect and head tilted to the left. The duck stands on a wave form base with its bulging eyes, wide open beak, detailed with carved feather markings. Its right wing acting as the cover to a hidden cavity used for burning aromatic incense to be emitted from its open beak and a circular hole under its tail feathers. The jade like glaze covers the majority of the surface with exceptions of the underside, exposing the burnt brick-orange coloured body.
Longquan kilns, Zhejiang, South China.
A similar piece but with gilt-bronze wings is in the British Museum collection, museum number: 1973,0726.319.
Ming dynasty 16th century
W 22.3cm H 5cm
Longquan celadon ware ewer - Song Dynasty 13th century
Longquan celadon ware ewer with silver handle (5277)
W 100mm H 138mm
Yaozhou Celadon - Song Dynasty 12th century
Song Dynasty, Yaozhou Celadon ware carved bowl (5276)
W 100mm H 43mm
Celadon Ware Dish - Sung dynasty C12-13
Longquan kilns. Stoneware with pale green celadon glaze. Dish with glossy green glaze. (4442)
W 130mm H 40mm
Celadon Ware - 12th century Song Dynasty
Song Dynasty celadon ware deep dish (5268)
W 220mm H 55mm
A pale olive-green celadon glazed ‘meiping’.
Porcelain with celadon glaze.
Kangxi Period (AD 1662-1722).
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi Province, South Central China.
H: 22.3cm D: 12.5cm
An elegant prunus vase or ‘meiping’, with full rounded shoulders that tapers down before it flares outwards at a gentle angle towards the foot, surmounted by a short and everted neck. The central band is wide and exhibits beautifully incised peony scrolling amidst dense foliage, while the lower section is draped by a band of lotus leaves. The vessel is covered overall in a pale olive-green celadon glaze, with exceptions to the rims on the foot and mouth, both covered in a white glaze.
The ‘meiping’ shape started to appear from the Song dynasty (AD 960-1279) and quickly became popular for its use to contain and serve wine, with all the major kilns producing these vessels. The primary function as a wine container continued throughout the Ming dynasty (AD 1368-1644), but had now become multi-functional, used as a ritual vessel and also to hold flowers. The Qing dynasty witnessed a changed in the primary function of these vases to hold various flowers, particularly the prunus. Symbolising the vitality of life and the endurance through hardship, the prunus branch was loved by all in China.
- Frank Caro (successor to C.T.Loo), NY, acquired from Roger Keverne LTD, London on 1st October 2007.
- The Langsdorf Collection of Qing Dynasty Porcelain, collection no: 266.4818