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Conical bowl with celadon glaze. Stoneware, porcelain-type, with celadon glaze, Longquan ware 龍泉窯, Longquan region, Zhejiang province 浙江省, 龍泉地區, Southern Song dynasty, about AD 1127–1279. Height: 53 millimetres. Diameter: 145 millimetres. Sir Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art (1952 – 2007). PDF.231. British Museum © Trustees of the British Museum

Contemporary Southern Song craftsmen made both silver wares and lacquer wares in this form. This example, made from smooth, pale grey clay, is coated in a thick pale-bluish celadon glaze. Potters used up to four separate layers, developing the thickness of the iron-derived blue glaze. Longquan potters used porcelain stone and limestone as the main glaze ingredients but added wood ash to it. Later potters working at the Longquan kilns in the Yuan dynasty were unable to recreate these soft blue-green glazes which reached their zenith in the Southern Song.

Bibliography: Medley, Margaret, Illustrated Catalogue of Celadon Wares in the Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art, London, University of London, Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art, School of Oriental and African Studies, 1977, p.17, no.35

Pierson, Stacey, Illustrated Catalogue of Celadon Wares in the Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art, London, University of London, Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art, School of Oriental and African Studies, 1997, p.29, no.213