A Hutian qingbai carved 'lotus' jar and cover Song dynasty | 宋 湖田窰青白釉蓮瓣蓋罐
A Hutian qingbai carved 'lotus' jar and cover
carved around the bulbous body with two main registers of overlapping petals, covered overall in an ice-blue glaze falling short of the base to reveal the white body, the similarly glazed domed cover carved with corresponding petal motifs and surmounted by a 'lotus bud' finial
h. 17.5 cm
高 17.5 公分
The jar and cover are in good overall condition with tiny sections of expected wear to the rim. There are expected firing imperfections, including a minute kiln flake and glaze crackles to the cover.
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This covered jar, crisply decorated with overlapping petals, illustrates characteristics of the ceramics from the Hutian kilns of Jingdezhen prior to the introduction of cobalt blue in the Yuan dynasty that shifted the potters’ interest to blue-and-white porcelain. The kilns’ output at that time is noted for its rich relief designs, fanciful figurative details and intense greenish-blue glaze.