Southern Song Dynasty
Porcelain with green-blueish Qingbai glaze
D: 17.1 cm / 6.7 in; H: 6.5 cm / 2.6 in (without stand), 9.4 cm / 3.7 in (with stand)
Basically perfect: slight original manufacturing flaw and some age wear to rim.
From a Seattle, Washington area estate
An elegant Song Qingbai bowl, decorated in the interior with carved / incised details and covered in a green-blueish translucent glaze. Many surviving Qingbai pieces today are shipwreck or excavated objects, and suffer from degraded glaze. The particular bowl, however, enjoys an excellent and luminous glaze with its original luster.
While Jingdezhen is known today as China's "porcelain capital", in the Song dynasty it was but a provincial backwater to kilns at Longquan, Ding, Cizhou, and various Imperial kilns producing Ru, Jun, and Ge wares. Jingdezhen potters however were very good at producing thinly potted pieces that were some of the first truly translucent porcelains in the world. Known to us as "qingbai" today, these pieces were popular among the common Chinese people as they were treasured as export pieces. Through the making of Qingbai wares, Jingdezhen potters mastered the refining and mixing of kaolin and chinastone, as well as the use of a transparent glaze. Both developments paved the way for blue and whites--as well as polychrome pieces--in the later dynasties.