Brown-glazed stonewares from the Henan province were part of an extensive ceramic industry that spread throughout northern China during the Song dynasty. They were a popular ware used in most households and not a select quality ware collected by connoisseurs and eulogised in literature. From a technical viewpoint, this vase demonstrates the achievements in kiln control of northern potters around the year 1200. These achievements enabled the creation of appealing, rusty-brown suffused patterns in the black glaze: the result of precipitations of iron oxide in a reducing atmosphere in the kiln.
'Asian Art', AGNSW Collections, 1994, pg. 194.
Song dynasty 960 - 1279 → China
stoneware with a black glaze
4.0 cm diam. of mouth; 22.0 x 19.0 cm
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of Graham E. Fraser 1993
Not on display
Where the work was made
Shown in 1 exhibition
Great gifts, great patrons, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 17 Aug 1994–19 Oct 1994
Referenced in 2 publications
Jackie Menzies, AGNSW Collections, 'Asian Art - India, South-East Asia, China, Tibet, Korea, Japan', pg. 173-228, Sydney, 1994, 194 (colour illus.).
The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Early Ceramics', Sydney, 2003, 103 (colour illus.).