Chinese Ming Dynasty Monochrome Glazed Porcelain Jar (Ex. Museum)
This attractively-shaped jar was made during the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). It is quite "heavily-potted" and coated in a thick white glaze that has a smooth silky feel to it. The glaze has in fact fired more grey than white and to the lower body is darker where the texture of the surface is less smooth. To part of the body there are thick sags to the glaze. At the rim there is a small firing fault that has resulted in a rim chip, and to the inner mouth is a firing fissure within the glaze.
Height 22.5 cm. Notwithstanding the firing defects mentioned above, condition is good and there is no repair or restoration.
This jar bears a museum inventory number “57-1944” and "Ming Dys" painted on its base. Its full inventory number is actually “BR-57-1944”. There is also the original typed cardboard museum display label. It was part of The Brooke Robinson Collection of Asian Art formerly housed at Dudley Museum. Brooke Robinson (1836–1911) was a British Conservative Party politician, who was MP for Dudley and held a number of public posts including that of County Coroner for Dudley. He also was an art collector and benefactor whose legacy was the Town Hall and a museum in the town of Dudley. Brooke Robinson left a sum of money as well as his collection of art, furniture, ceramics, and other items for the benefit of the town of Dudley. The money was eventually used to construct the Town Hall, a Coroner's Court and a museum. The museum, known as the Brooke Robinson Museum, opened on 18 May 1931 with, as far as we can tell, the Trustees continuing to acquire pieces to add to the collection.
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