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Molded Qingbai 'Flowers' Dish, Southern Song Dynasty

Molded Qingbai 'Flowers' Dish, Southern Song Dynasty

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The plate depicted here exhibits the intricate floral patterns and lotus motifs that are typical of Southern Song designs. The central floral motif captures the essence of Oriental beauty by incorporating elements from nature, while the rim of the plate is delicately incised with simple geometric patterns that add to its elegance. Qingbai wares are often highly valued by collectors for their grace and the intricate yet subtle beauty they possess. The plate reflects the high level of craftsmanship required for its thin and delicate construction, and the crackle pattern evident beneath the glaze is indicative of natural aging over centuries.

Period : Southern Song-Yuan Dynasty(12th-14th century)
Type : Dish
Medium : Qingbai
Size : 3 cm(Height), 15.5cm(Diameter) 

Condition : Good
Provenance : Acquired in 1999 from Hongkong

Reference : Christies Newyork 7–24 JUL 2020 - Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art - Lot54
(Price realised : 11,250 USD / Type : Closely related)

* Qingbai Ware

Qingbai ware, which translates to "blue-white ware," is a type of Chinese porcelain that was made at the Jingdezhen and other kilns in the porcelain-producing regions of China, primarily during the Song dynasty (960–1279) and continuing into the Yuan dynasty (1271–1368). It is known for its translucent quality and the pale blue-green glaze that characterizes most of its pieces.

The qingbai glaze was achieved using a small amount of iron in a reduction-fired atmosphere, which produced the subtle blue-green tint. The body of qingbai ware is typically made of a fine, white porcelain that is often referred to as 'artificial jade' due to its resemblance to the esteemed stone. The thinness of the body and the high firing temperatures used contributed to the translucent quality of the finished product.

Qingbai ware includes a range of items such as bowls, cups, vases, and ewers. The designs are usually simple and elegant, with an emphasis on the graceful lines and form of the objects. Decorative motifs, when present, are often incised, carved, or molded in relief and can include floral patterns, dragons, phoenixes, and other symbolic elements drawn from Chinese culture.

Over time, the technology and techniques used to produce qingbai ware evolved, leading to innovations in glaze and decoration that would influence later types of Chinese porcelain. Despite these changes, qingbai ware remains a distinguished example of the potters' art in Song and Yuan China, reflecting the refined aesthetic and cultural values of the period.

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