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Antique Bowl Done in Sancai with All Relief Ornaments

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Antique Bowl Done in Sancai with All Relief Ornaments
The Art and Orchid Gallery's bowl, or wan, was crafted in China of stoneware, or what the French call 'gres', which has a hardness of 7 on Mohs scale but is not translucent.[86A, 33B, 28C] The ornamentation of chrysanthemum flowers, leaves and stems were hand made as applique relief with the wan hand glazed in iridescent sancai, or three color (also called san tsai during the Ming Dynasty).[73D] The colors on this piece of gres are green, a brownish aubergine on the florals and muddy yellow as the ground which only covers the outside and a third of the inside. The wan was made to hold small plants, hence the holes. A reference with the same colors on a vase of Kang Hsi Times is known.[201E] However, the colors were not really limited to just these three or the number three. Similar color glazes were found on Tang ware but were made of a soft alkaline lead which melted at lower temperatures and gave the characteristic running glaze look of the Tang ware.[204F] Our sancai wan was impressed with the 'China' mark and is covered with iridescent glazes. We estimate the time of manufacture to be fin de siecle (about the end of the 19th Century). References available upon request. Size: ~ 3" H x 3 1/4"; Weight: ~ 143 grams;

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