A Song Qingbai Porcelain Group of a Dog and its Pup, 12th or 13th Century
A small Song Dynasty Qingbai porcelain group, probably from the kilns in Jingdezhen 12th or 13th century. The hand made and incised Qingbai porcelain model is on a rectangular base, it depicts a dog with its pup.
- Restored ; one of the front legs has been restored, quite possibly replaced. One ear and very minor chips to the base have also been restored. The restoration has discoloured.
- Height : 6.5 cm (2 1/2 inches).
- K.Y. Ng, Hong Kong 2004. From the collection of early Chinese ceramics belonging to Professor Gordon Michael Besser FRCP FMedSci (born 22 January 1936) is a British medical doctor. He is emeritus Professor of Medicine at St Bartholomew's Hospital, London, and an expert of endocrinology and diabetes.
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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.
Professor Gordon Michael Besser