SONG DYNASTY 960 – 1279 Qingbai Porcelain

A Song Dynasty (960 – 1279) Qingbai Porcelain Cosmetics Box and Cover, from a Kiln in Jingdezhen, Possibly Hutian. The Moulded Flower Form Box Opens to Reveal a Lotus Pool.


Very good, a couple of minute glaze frits to the out side edge of the base.
Diameter : 8.9 cm (3 1/2 inches)
Sotheby`s Bond Street, 12 th June 1990, lot 162. The Helen Espir Collection of Oriental Ceramics.
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For a similar Song Qingbai box and cover with a lotus pool interior attributed to the Hutian Kilns see : Chai & Hutian Kiln, (Nanning Publishing? 2004. ISBN 7-80674-591-2) page 118. For another Qingbai porcelain box and cover of this type see : Song Ceramics (Mary Tregear, Thames and Hudson, 1982.)


Exhibited :
The World in Monochromes, The Oriental Ceramic Society.
16 April – 20 June 2009.
Item number 113 in the catalogue, label to the base.
This is was the third in the series of exhibitions of ceramics, from the collections of members of the Oriental Ceramic Society, which have approached the subject of Asian ceramics from the point of view of their decorative techniques. The first exhibition entitled The World in Blue and White was shown in London, Bath and Glasgow in 2003, and this was followed in 2006 by The World in Colours, held at the Brunei Gallery. The 2009 exhibition, The World in Monochromes, completes the trilogy.

Published :
The World in Monochromes, An Exhibition of Single-Coloured Ceramics from Members of The Oriental Ceramics Society (O.C.S Exhibition catalogue, various authors, 2009. ISBN 978-0-903421-28-7) page 54, plate 113, attributed to the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127).