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c1150 Chinese Song Dynasty Longquan Gae Yao Crackle Bowl
  • c1150 Chinese Song Dynasty Longquan Gae Yao Crackle Bowl
  • c1150 Chinese Song Dynasty Longquan Gae Yao Crackle Bowl
  • c1150 Chinese Song Dynasty Longquan Gae Yao Crackle Bowl
  • c1150 Chinese Song Dynasty Longquan Gae Yao Crackle Bowl

c1150 Chinese Song Dynasty Longquan Gae Yao Crackle Bowl

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£5,000.00


Product Description

A very fine example of an original c1150 Chinese Song Dynasty period Longquan Gae-Yao cream crackle shallow bowl in really nice condition.

The circular bowl is covered overall, with a lustrous glaze of creamy-grey tone suffused with a wide network of black 'iron-wire' crackle joined by finer gold 'golden thread' crackle. It has a ring foot and the inner base has 7 spur marks that show the metallic grey ware.

Longquan is synonymous with celadon pottery during the Song Dynasty (950 to 1550), with the kiln centres located at the junction of the provinces of Zhejiang, Jiangxi and Fujian. The network of local workshops and kilns for roasting, which was formed in the tenth century, received in the history the collective name Lunquan 龍泉 (Dragon Spring). According to legend, during the Jin Dynasty two brothers from the Zhang family founded the first porcelain production here. Their furnaces subsequently received the nickname of Ge-yao , 哥窑 (Elder Brother's kiln) and Di-yao , 弟 窑 (The Younger Brother's kiln). Ge ware is characterized by subtly coloured glazes which were deliberately crackled to achieve a fine network of lines over the surface of the vessel. One of the reasons that these crackle lines were admired was probably that they were reminiscent of the fissures in jade, the most prized of all natural materials.

Chinese connoisseurs of ceramics have traditionally esteemed the wares of the Song dynasty (960-1279) above all others for their elegant forms enhanced with subtly-coloured monochrome glazes. During the Ming dynasty when connoisseurs choose to honour classes of Song ceramics which had been appreciated by the imperial court and members of the Song elite for their refined beauty, they named Ru ( 汝), Guan ( 官), Ge ( 哥), Jun ( 鈞), and Ding ( 定) wares.
Prior to us having it, the piece was purchased at a North Yorkshire auction in the 1950s.

Size: 28 x 6 cm (11 x 2 3/8 inches)
Weight: 1375 g

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