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This is a very fine Chinese Longquan celadon washer in bronze form with the symbolic twin fishes logo on the crackled glaze. The ceramist Mr. Xiahou Wen (1935 – present) is the most senior artist who specializes in Longquan celadon over 40 years. Xiahou used multiple glazing techniques and created such an illustrious plum-green color tone which presents the stunning jade-like artwork. For hundred of years the ancient Longquan ceramists had used this kind of fish that only appears in Ou River (source from Longquan county) as the icon of celadon ware. Usually the shape of male and female are used in each ware. The reproduction of the ancient twin fish logo from Xiahou Wen has became the de facto standard to the contemporary Longquan celadon artwork. Such artwork is appreciated by collectors due to the firing skill that makes the fishes look alive. The fishes on this washer are actively presented without glazing, which showed off the clay color and distinguished the washer with crackle-glazed artwork.
Between the two fishes there are some small chips which are believed the natural kiln flaw caused by tiny ironic-materials in glaze during firing. It creates the composition to the fishes that look like chasing after the fed food.
Outside the washer there are lotus-petal designs near the foot rim. The washer is in excellent condition. With Xiahou Wen's chop on the base, the Plum-Green Celadon Twin Brown Fish Washer comes with certificate and original packaging box.
Year of completion: 2000
Diameter: 22 cm
Height: 4.5 cm
Since last century when the Chinese government began awarding the title of China Art & Craft Master (similar to the Japanese Living National Treasure) to craftsmen, 3 ceramists who specialized in Longquan celadon have been honored thus far (through 2007). In January 2007, Mr. Xiahou Wen was added to this extremely distinguished list. Xiahou is the second celadon ceramists (together with Mr. Mao Zhengcong) to reach this summit.
Xiahou Wen was born in 1935 at Fengyi City of Jiangxi Province. He started the potter career since his graduation from the Art Department of Jindezhen Ceramic College in 1963. Under the assignment from the authority Xiahou Wen moved to Longquan and started his career in local State-owned celadon factory. In 1995 Xiahou Wen earned the honor of ‘First Class Artist of Chinese Folk Art and Craft’ from United Nation’s Education, Science and Culture Organization (UNESCO). He is the only celadon ceramist who earns the title up to present.
Xiahou Wen's celadon artworks not only exhibit a natural, decent and classic sense of style, his many experiences in traditional style reproduction plus carving and incising techniques also brought him various awards from international societies. His stunning artworks also collected and exhibited by China History Museum, Zhi Guang Ge in Zhong Nan Hai(Chinese Presidential Office) in Beijing and Celadon Museum of Longquan City.
As today Xiahou Wen is still the most senior ceramist at Longquan who keeps propelling the art of celadon into new heights.