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An image of Lotus pond bowl by Jingdezhen ware

Jingdezhen ware

(China  – )

Lotus pond bowl
Other titles:
Qingbai ware lotus pond bowl
Yingqing ware lotus pond bowl
Place of origin
JingdezhenJiangxi ProvinceChina
Yuan dynasty 1279 - 1368 → China
14th century
Media category
Materials used
porcelain decorated with splashed brown iron spots and covered with a 'qingbai' glaze

4.0 x 10.5 cm

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Edward and Goldie Sternberg Chinese Art Purchase Fund 1999
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

The bowl is modelled in the form of an oval-shaped pond with fluted sides and everted rim containing four modelled children playing amongst stemmed lotus and two fish. It is decorated with splashed brown iron spots and covered with a 'qingbai' glaze. The flat base is unglazed.

Apart from the vividness of modelled children playing amongst lotus fish, worth noting is the decoration of the splashed brown iron spots. One aspect of the decorative innovations of the Yuan potters lay in the tentative experiments with painted underglaze decoration. The 'qingbai' wares with iron oxide seemingly randomly spotted and splashed over the vessels are the earliest experiments in underglazed decoration. However, among examples of the same type this piece may display the least random use of iron spotting, since each boy's hair is carefully indicated.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, June 1999.

Bibliography (6)

Joanna Capon, Art and Australia (Vol. 41, No. 4), 'Goldie Sternberg. Benefactor', pg. 618-620, Paddington, Jun 2004-Aug 2004, 618, 619 (colour illus.), 620.

John Guy, Oriental trade ceramics in southeast Asia, 10th to 16th century: selected from Australian collections, including the Art Gallery of South Australia and the Bodor Collection, Melbourne, 1980, 42, (illus.) 43. plate no. 36

John Guy, Oriental trade ceramics in South-East Asia: Ninth to sixteenth centuries, Singapore, 1986, 88, 90 (colour illus.). no. 43

Jackie Menzies, Look, 'Asian Favourites', pg. 24-27, Newtown, Sep 2003, 27 (colour illus.).

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Export Ceramics', Sydney, 2003, 135 (colour illus.).

Jackie Menzies, TAASA Review, In the Public Domain: Trade Ceramics in the AGNSW", Sydney, Jun 2013, 24 (colour illus.).

Exhibition history (2)

Oriental Trade Ceramics in Southeast Asia 10th to 16th Century:

The connoisseur and the philanthropist: 30 years of the Sternberg Collection of Chinese Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 31 Jan 2014–27 Apr 2014