Qingbai pair of vases
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- Song Dynasty, 960 - 1279
- Qingbai porcelain
- 8.3 cm and 8.5 cm
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The vases are carved with a diaper design under a light blue glaze. The base of the vases is glazed. Qingbai ware (青白 qīngbái, ‘green-white’), also called Yingqing ware, is a type of refined Chinese pottery, produced at Jingdezhen, during the Song and Yuan Dynasty. Qingbai is defined by the ceramic glaze that is used; it is made from a white porcelain body, and fired with a transparent blue-greenish glaze.
The beautiful color of the glaze gives name to the type of porcelain; ‘qing’ means blue or green and ‘bai’ means white. In the kilns pine wood was used as fuel, which resulted in reduction of the atmosphere, and influenced the color of the glaze. The pottery was fired in a saggar, which explains the unglazed rim. The form of Qingbai ware is often simple, with elegant (floral) patterns, incised, combed and carved onto the porcelain. The porcelain wares were produced in vast quantities for both the domestic market and the trade market.