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Subject:Tea-Dust Glazed Covered Box Food Server
Posted By: Kevin Donnelley Mon, Aug 24, 2020 IP: 69.120.217.104

The server has a speckled dark golden brown tea-dust glaze with russet highlights on the exterior w/ a crackle suffused ivory white base interior, below the unglazed rim, and a neatly trimmed base. The glass like glaze has crystal formations on the surface from the loess ingredient- 3rd photo.
The highly symmetrical covered box design features paired rings at different tiers. The foot is surrounded by a set of double rings with their matching width, possibly suggesting the double rings found on imperial porcelains. the half loop finial can be found in many teapots of the Kangxi period, some jars of the Song Dynasty, and many Zhou bronze covered vessels

Hoping an expert on Chinese provincial wares and tea-dust glazes may be able to provide further information which may prove helpful to finding the possible region- Shaanxi? and period for this piece. By the glaze quality, symmetry and foot treatment, I believe it might be Transitional

https://asia.si.edu/object/S1987.404a-b/

https://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2017/chinese-art-hk0732/lot.403.html?locale=en

https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/lot/a-rare-small-dark-brown-and-white-glazed-tripod-3045456-details.aspx?from=searchresults&intObjectID=3045456

Diam: 8 3/4"; 22.2 cm
thank you for looking

Kind regards,

Kevin










Link :Donnelley


Subject:Re: Tea-Dust Glazed Covered Box Food Server
Posted By: Kevin Donnelley Mon, Aug 24, 2020

view of the interior base.

Link to an article below from the Alain Truong site giving some detail on the importance of loess in the production of dark glassy glazes and the tea-dust variant

http://www.alaintruong.com/archives/2018/03/07/36205672.html



Subject:Re: Tea-Dust Glazed Covered Box Food Server
Posted By: Jonathan Tue, Aug 25, 2020

Hello, Not a teadust glaze. Both the Chinese and Japanese have this glaze. Japanese call it Tenmoku. Chinese say various things like Hare fur or Oil spot( not quite like that), or other terms depending on how the glaze comes out. Your piece looks Japanese to my eye and not any older than the late 19th or early 20th, but that is always difficult to be sure when the form is not specific and the piece is not in one's hand.

Subject:Re: Tea-Dust Glazed Covered Box Food Server
Posted By: Kevin Donnelley Tue, Aug 25, 2020

Hello,
Thank you for your post
the primarily olive green and kacki yellow micro flecks, pic # 3 w/ the overall golden brownish color would be tea-dust, and consistent w/the glazes of the Qing period. one source of influence for the potter may have been the dark Tang tea-dust wares like the one referenced in the link. I agree, the crystal formations of the tenmoku are different than the formations that we see here. there is some interesting detail on these formations provided in the Truong tea-dust link above, as well as helpful information on the topic .
And while we might observe a Kangxi ware to have been made w/exacting symmetry, and have a pair of rings on the foot w/. no marks, consistent wear and w/ very fine foot treatment, it is the glaze quality that may provide the definitive answer on the period question

Kind regards

Kevin

Subject:Re: Tea-Dust Glazed Covered Box Food Server
Posted By: Kevin Donnelley Tue, Sep 01, 2020

view of the underside of the lid




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