Antique Chinese & Japanese PorcelainEuropean
Ceramics & Works of Art
Antique Chinese & Japanese PorcelainEuropean Ceramics & Works
Chinese Qingbai saucer dish, Song/Yuan dynasty, decorated in the centre with an incised foliate design.
Diameter: 12cm. (4 3/4in.)
Small chip to rim
Qingbai wares, whose name translates to 'blue white', were developed in Jiangxi province during the Northern Song. The icy blue colour is caused by iron impurities in the glaze reacting with the smoky atmosphere of a reduction kiln. Dragon kilns (lungyao) were especially common in southern China, and relied on wood for fuel, which resulted a 'reducing' atmosphere where oxygen levels are lowered and metallic oxides convert to their reduced metallic state.
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