Chinese Northern Song Dynasty Qingbai Porcelain Bowls in Kiln Saggars Fused Together
A very rare opportunity to acquire two Northern Song Dynasty (AD 960 - 1127) kiln saggars fused together, each still containing their Qingbai porcelain bowls, excavated from a kiln site in the Jingdezhen area of Jiangxi province. This is one of a variety of different Qingbai porcelain wares in saggars, mostly bowls and dishes of varying sizes and patterns, that we were very lucky to be able to acquire some time ago and now offer for sale.
Northern Song Dynasty Qingbai porcelain was fired individually in saggars (the fireproof clay case) that were stacked on top of each other in the kiln. Firing in kilns was then, of course, not the exact science that it is now, with today's use of electric and gas-fired kilns. If the temperature became too hot the porcelain items could warp and sag, the glaze may run or even a stack of saggars could shift and possibly collapse, resulting in the porcelain items becoming fused to the saggar in which they were being fired.
These items are invaluable for research purposes as they show us how Song Dynasty ceramics were fired, not only simply placing each item in its saggar, but supporting it within the saggar on a variety of pads. Sometimes porcelain with designs hitherto unknown are also seen.
The appeal of such items is not only to the academically minded, but also to anyone who appreciates the artistic and decorative nature of these wonderful items
These two kiln saggars appear to have slipped during firing, resulting in the build-up of ash glaze on their outer walls fusing them together, also their bowls coming into contact with the walls of the saggars and the glaze fusing them together. The bowl in the upper saggar is coated in a pale green Qingbai glaze with an incised decoration. The bowl in the lower saggar has not been seen for around a thousand years, so who knows what it is like ! A glimpse of it can be seen from a hole in the underside of the saggar. Of course the saggars could be cut open but that would be such a shame. There is also part of a third bowl fused to the saggar !
Diameter of saggars 14 cm (5.5 inches), height 14 cm (5.5 inches).
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