Chinese Northern Song Dynasty Qingbai Porcelain Cup Stand in Kiln Saggar
A rare opportunity to acquire a Northern Song Dynasty (AD 960 - 1127) kiln saggar containing a Qingbai porcelain cup stand 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
This particular saggar has a flat base so was presumably the bottom saggar of the stack. It contains a Qingbai glazed cup stand. The cup stand is warped and has a section broken out at the place where there is a scar to the glaze so presumably something fell on it during firing. Around the inner wall of the saggar is a line of glaze from a previous firing (as long as a saggar survived a firing, it was re-used time and time again).
Diameter of saggar 16.5 cm (6.5 inches).
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