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Chinese Longquan Zijin Glaze Lidded Celadon Tureen
Zijin glaze was the traditional daily ware in Longquan celadon history. The very dark brown glaze makes it like a typical pottery work. In old days the zijin glaze wares only appeared in kitchen or cellar for food storage. However the celadon artist Mr. Chen Ai-Ming is the first Zhejinag Arts & Crafts Master who changed the ugly duckling to stunning artwork.
The nature of zijin glaze is deep dark brown with shinning surface. You may only observe its stunning color changes under different light sources, i.e. sunlight, moonlight and artificial lights are totally different.
In this tureen Chen Ai-Ming used thick glazing inside that makes the glaze shining like a black gold! However on the outside that includes the lidded cover the color tone was dark brown with Chen’s famous ‘Slanting-Knife’ skill.
The slanting knife is actually bamboo or ironic blades with various forms. During potting the ceramist uses auto-spinning plate to spin the clay when the material is half-dry then uses the blade to carve hundreds of thousands incised patterns. When you look at the subtle fluidity of each delicate that implemented on the tureen, it is really the other one of the treasure from Chen Ai-Ming’s entire potting career.
In order to maintain the same color of the lid and tureen, firing the two parts together in the kiln is the only solution. Image the size of lid and tureen, Longquan celadon experts know how difficult it will be. Only 20 percent or less success rate exixts to seperate the lid and tureen after firing in such a large size due to gravity. Not to mention the lid still maintain the perfect match with the tureen body without any fix!
The tureen is in perfect condition except a 1 cm slanting knife 'ink' on the lid, which was the heaviest pressing before glazing. Also Chen Ai-Ming’s signature on base with certificate signed and original wooden box form his workshop.
Height (without lid): 8.3cm
Height (with lid): 12.6cm
Mouth Rim: 22.3cm
Base Rim: 12.6cm