A Small Song Jun Ware Dish

11th or 12th Century

A Northern Song or Jin Dynasty Jun Ware Dish, Jun Kilns, Henan Province, 11th or 12th Century. This Jun dish has a thin upright rim coming from wide flat well, the exterior has a rounder, more sweeping profile. The base has been cut deeper than the area outside the foot. The foot curves in to the base but is upright to the exterior. The grey stoneware body is only visible in a tiny area where the reddish brown iron-oxide is worn on the footrim. The glaze is rather well controlled, it has some unevenness, a thick line of glaze which was in the process of dripping has became solidified to the outside. The colours and tones of the glaze follow the direction of gravity on the exterior but the interior is very well controlled. Jun ware from Northern China has been much admired but little understood, however new research has revealed much about its production. Fired between 1250-1300 C. The glaze is full of `spherules` that diffuse the light. These tiny light scattering droplets of glaze diffuse the light and give Jun ware its soft look. For more information on Chinese glazes see : Chinese Glazes, Their Origins, Chemistry and Recreation (Nigel Wood, A & C Black, London, 1999). For further information see : Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, Volume One (Regina Krahl, Azimuth Editions 1994. ISBN 1-8985592-02-0) page 218 to 225. Jun ware is the last of the ‘Five famous wares of the Song dynasty’.

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A bruise to the rim from a crack along the rim and a very small rim crack, see photographs below..
Diameter 12 cm (4 3/4 inches)
Knapton and Rasti Asian Art. Robert McPherson Antiques, Nicholas de la Mare Thompson (1928-2010) purchased 25th of April 2005.
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