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Subject:Small Ceramic Pot
Posted By: Steve Shubinski Fri, Jul 24, 2020 IP: 2600:8802:700:5b9:24

This is a small pot that appears to be old. There are some markings on the top of the pot which it would be great if someone could interpret for me. I know they are not great photos but the best I could get. The pot is 2" diameter x 1 7/8" high. Any estimates on age or region? I will send 3 more photos on another page

Subject:Re: Small Ceramic Pot
Posted By: J Robert Sat, Jul 25, 2020

From its size I would call it a small jar or jarlet. It looks like a stoneware with an iron-ash glaze. The brownish-yellow glaze color and the reddish clay visible at unglazed foot suggest that it was fired under oxidizing rather than reducing conditions. I can say with near certainty that is was made in southeastern China (e.g., Fujian or Guangdong provinces) or more generally in southeast Asia at a kiln site dedicated to producing utilitarian trade ceramics. The degraded nature of the glaze suggests long use or alternatively sea salvage from the wreck of an old trading vessel. Ceramics such as this generally date from the late Tang dynasty through the Ming dynasty. On Tang dynasty jars the bases are usually flat and often show whorl-like ridges from the way they were removed from the potter's wheel. Later jars, particularly those post-Yuan dynasty, tend to have a countersunk foot ring.

Can't comment on any inscription.

Subject:Re: Small Ceramic Pot
Posted By: Steve Shubinski Mon, Jul 27, 2020

J Robert, Thanks so much for the very detailed reply. Very much appreciated. | Associations | Articles | Exhibitions | Galleries |