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Title

Brush washer in the shape of a plum blossom


Artist

Guan ware

China


About

'Guan' means 'official' and imperial Guan wares were made for the newly established Southern Song court after the style of wares made previously for the northern court at Kaifeng. Produced at the Guan kilns sited in present-day Zhejiang province, Guan wares, and Guan-type wares made at Longquan kilns, are among the most sumptuous of Song wares. Typically they are thin and dark bodied, but thickly covered with many layers of lustrous greyish-green glaze with a mesh of crackle which has been enhanced by staining.

This piece exemplifies Southern Song taste and would have been among the desk accoutrements of a late Song literati aspiring to pursue a reclusive life of self-cultivation that focused on reading, poetry, painting and calligraphy.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.107.


Details


Place where the work was made

Zhejiang Province China


Media category

Ceramic


Materials used

stoneware with crackled glaze


Dimensions

2.7 x 10.8 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Gift of Mr J.H. Myrtle 1998


Accession number

60.1998


Artist information

Guan ware

Works in the collection

1


Place

Where the work was made
Zhejiang Province

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Early Ceramics', Sydney, 2003, 107 (colour illus.).