南宋 湖田窑茶盏 A QINGBAI GLAZED CUP AND STANDNORTHERN SONG DYNASTY (960-1127)
Size: 12.5 cm.(H) 13.2 cm.(D)
A fine cup and stand of elegant proportions decorated with a bluish-white qingbai glaze which
deepens to a pleasing bluish hue where the glaze has pooled, the stand with a tall, flared foot below
a dish with an everted lip, supporting a dais with a raised rim, the deep, well-proportioned cup
standing on a narrow, flared foot.
This colour and glassiness of this glaze is a result of firing in a pine-wood fuelled reducing kiln (with
possibly the addition of a little iron). The body is a high-fired off-white porcelain typical of the
Jingdezhen kilns of this period. Its hardness and whiteness are indicative of the addition of kaolin,
which would minimize shrinkage and allow for finer, thinner-walled pieces to be produced.
PROVENANCE: From a Private Collection in UK.
A similar cup and stand can be seen in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Museum
no.C.490A-1918. Another was displayed in the Hong Kong Museum of Art 1994 Kwan Collection
Exhibition, Catalogue page 284.