SOUTHERN SONG 12th – 13th CENTURY Qingbai Ware

A Fine Song Qingbai Porcelain Flower Deep Shaped Porcelain Bowl, Probably from the Hutian Kilns Jingdezhen, 12th or 13th Century. Thinly Potted, the Center Carved with Twin Fish, the Rim with the Deeply Coloured Glaze Wiped Clean.


In very good condition, minute rim frits to the rim, the largest of these very shallow frits is 2 x 2mm.
Diameter : 18.4 cm (7 1/4 inches).
From a Private English Collection of Chinese and Japanese ceramics.
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References : For a pair of very similar Qingbai bowls attributed to the Hutian kilns see : Chai & Hutian Kiln, (Nanning Publishing? 2004. ISBN 7-80674-591-2) page 158. For a very similar Southern Song Qingbai bowl see : Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection Volume 1 (Regina Krahl, Azimuth Editions, 1994) Page 331 plate 613



Qingbai porcelain bowls of this type were fired on their rims, therefore the glaze needed to wiped off. After firing the unglazed rim was normally bound in metal, this rarely survives, if it does it in normally in a decayed fragmentary condition.

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.