A Small Song Dynasty Qingbai Porcelain Flower Shaped Bowl

Song Dynasty 1100 -1300

A Small Song Qingbai Ware Porcelain Chrysanthemum Flower Shaped Bowl or Cup, 12th century or 13th Century, probably from a kiln at Jingdezhen, perhaps Hutian. This Song porcelain bowl or cup is moulded with long elegantly shaped petals radiating from the well. The glaze around the rim has been wiped clear so the piece could be fired on the rim. The bright colour of glaze and crisply moulded petals are typical of the best Qingbai from Jingdezhen kilns. Orginally this bowl would have had a metal rim but the present one is quite recent.



Part of the unglaze rim appears to be missing, it can be see on the exterior and in a few places in the interior. Perhaps 2 or 3mm are missing.
Diameter 10.3 cm (4 inches)
From a Private American Collection.
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Qingbai Ware
The earliest known qingbai wares were produced in Jingdezhen in Jiangxi province around the late 10th century and are characterized by faint pale-blue glazes on low, wide forms. Qingbai continued to be enormously popular and highly produced throughout the Song dynasty (960-1279) and was prevalent in the Yuan dynasty (1279-1368), but slackened during the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) until being replaced by tianbai, ‘sweet white’ ware. The initial forms of qingbai were simple bowls and dishes, but by the mid-Northern Song the forms had advanced to include a wide variety of objects used for daily life such as ewers, boxes, incense burners, granary models, vases, jars, sculptures, cups, cupstands, water droppers, lamps, grave wares, and tools for writing and painting. The precedent for the majority of these forms is found in earlier metalwork and lacquer and Rawson has suggested that the imitation of silver was the primary force behind the production of white wares, including qingbai. See our `History` section for more information about Song Porcelain and Stoneware by Mindy M. McDonald.