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Re: Re: Help With Vases

Posted By: Bill H
Posted Date: Dec 12, 2019 (08:23 AM)

Regarding the question of "Blanc de Chine", in the absence of any markings identifying your vases as being made at kilns in Dehua, Fujian Province, it would be problematic to call them by that name, which is identified exclusively with those kilns. Many white-glazed porcelain wares also have been produced at Jingdezhen in religious motifs.

Some experts might be able to cast opinions based on the glaze, but I'm hesitant to speculate from photos. That said, here for your comparison are photos of a libation cup of mine that I believe was made at Dehua in the 18th or early 19th century. It has a base-mark of "Wan", the Buddhist swastika, meaning "Myriad" or "Infinity".

While my camera's color register is seldom without error, since my "studio" is rather primitive, the New York Metropolitan Museum's excellent publication, "A Handbook of Chinese Ceramics", says Blanc de Chine "wares have a fine-grained, vitreous, white body that seems to have been entirely made from a pulverized local porcelain stone; it is embraced by a thick, satiny glaze that ranges in tone from milky white through warm ivory to a faint rosy hue.

Hope your glaze measures up on close inspection.

Best regards,

Bill H.

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