Subject:Identifying Red Chinese Glazes
Posted By: TKNZ Sat, Apr 06, 2019 IP: 188.8.131.52
I bought a red lidded vase when I was in Japan which I think is a modern reproduction of an older Chinese style (possibly Liao or Song; something around the 12thC) which is glazed in a pinkish-red with some green spots around it.
I tried to research the glaze so I could identify what period and culture it was trying to emulate, but the closest glaze I could find was Cowpea Red (豇豆红) which only came into use in the late Kangxi period. Apparently that glaze was based off the Ming-aged Jewel Red (宝石红), but that seemed a much darker shade than what my piece is. In any case, I think it's got to be a copper red glaze that they've used.
I was hoping someone might be able to enlighten me as to what style and period this vase is trying to look like, or if it's not a reproduction but instead a complete fantasy piece incorporating a mishmash of styles and periods? Also, is there any good visual resource for the different glazes and glazing techniques used in China over the centuries? I had a bit of a look for one but came up empty...
Thanks in advance!