SONG DYNASTY 960 – 1279. Qingbai Ware.

A Song Qingbai Porcelain Bowl in its Original Rough Stoneware Sagger, 11th or 12th Century. Probably from the Jingdezhen Kilns, Jiangxi Province. The Incised Flower Shape Qingbai Porcelain Bowl has Become Stuck to the Sagger During Firing. The Exterior of the Stoneware Sagger has a Thin Layer of Glaze, this is Due to Glaze Vapour Within the Kiln Settling on the Surface During the Firing Process.


Losses to the rim of the sagger.
Diameter : 16.5 cm (6 1/2 inches)
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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.