A BROWN-GLAZED SLIP-PAINTED VASE, MEIPING MING DYNASTY, 17TH CENTURY
- 25.5cm., 10 in.
Special Exhibition of Chinese Ceramics, Kyoto National Museum, Japan, 8th October to 10th November 1991.
The combination of a toffee-brown ground and contrasting white slip decoration was introduced in the Wanli period. The technique for painting on slip on a monochrome ground was popular in Kirman, Iran in the 17th century. In China this type of 'Swatow-type' wares were made in vast quantities with minor variation to the designs.
See a variety of slip-painted brown-ground vases with similar decoration in the British Museum, illustrated in Jessica Harrison-Hall, Ming Ceramics, London, 2001, pp. 347-349.