Chinese collection

Item LL 6630

Accession no: LL 6630
Object type: Ceramic
Name: Bowl
Materials: Porcelain with thin pale-blue glaze except on the bottom
Place made: Jingdezhen, China
Date made: Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279 AD)
Measurements: D. 20.6 cm, H. 7.4 cm

Description: Bowl, one of a pair (to LL 6629), with mould-stamped decoration of two boys playing amid lotus scrolls. The motif of two boys, symbolizing the Chinese preference for male offspring, became popular as ornament on ceramics during the Northern Song Dynasty.

During the Song period Jingdezhen produced the renowned qingbai porcelain. The meaning of the term qingbai derives from the Jingdezhen potters’ conscious imitation of the colour and texture of jade. The glaze itself has an attractive mixture of white and blue, hence the term qing (meaning blue) and bai (meaning white). As the glaze is very fine, this ware has been called by other evocative names like yingqng (shadow blue), yingqing (transmitted blue), zhaoqing (added blue), and yingqing (hidden blue).

Purchased by the Trustees from John Sparks, Ltd., 1939, £40 (for a pair; LL 6629 and LL 6630), for the Lady Lever Art Gallery. Inventory file No. LC 37/38.