Chinese Monochrome

Chinese Monochrome

Exploring the History of Uniform Glaze

Explore the history of Chinese Monochrome through highlights featuring in our May 2022 Fine Asian & Islamic Works of Art auction.

LONGQUAN CELADON-GLAZED VASE SOUTHERN SONG DYNASTYLOT 172 | LONGQUAN CELADON-GLAZED VASE | SOUTHERN SONG DYNASTY
南宋 龍泉青釉瓶 | 15.6cm high | £3,000 - £5,000 + fees

 

View Lot 172 ⇒

 

Chinese monochrome refers to ceramics decorated with a single, uniform coloured glaze. Before the Tang Dynasty, the history of Chinese ceramics was dominated by monochromes; during the Song Dynasty, monochromes entered a period of vigorous development before reaching their peak during the Qing Dynasty.

 

LONGQUAN CELADON YUHUCHUN VASE EARLY MING DYNASTY
LOT 173 | LONGQUAN CELADON YUHUCHUN VASE | EARLY MING DYNASTY
明早期 龍泉窯青釉劃花花卉紋玉壺春瓶 | 31.5cm high | £3,000 - £5,000 + fees

 

View the Lot 173 ⇒

 

Due to their lack of colour painting, Monochromes require more attention to detail during the firing process to ensure the quality of the glaze and glossy texture. Compared with polychrome glazed ceramics, the fineness of monochrome ceramics is defined by their elegance and purity.  

LOT 167 | LONGQUAN CELADON-GLAZED TEA BOWL | SOUTHERN SONG DYNASTY OR LATER 南宋或以後 龍泉粉青釉斗笠盞 | 15.4cm diameter | £1,500 - £2,000 + fees
LOT 167 | LONGQUAN CELADON-GLAZED TEA BOWL | SOUTHERN SONG DYNASTY OR LATER
南宋或以後 龍泉粉青釉斗笠盞 | 15.4cm diameter | £1,500 - £2,000 + fees

 

View Lot 167 ⇒

 

Celadon glaze is the earliest, longest and most widely distributed type of glaze in China. Its invention is consistent with the phenomenon that most of China’s clay mines contain a certain amount of iron ore. Celadon glaze, similar to the colour of jade, is also in line with traditional Chinese aesthetics. Proto-celadon was produced during the Shang and Zhou Dynasties (16th century BC- 256BC). From the Six Dynasties to the Tang and Song Dynasties, the southern celadon was represented by Yue kiln; the Longquan kiln from the Song Dynasty to the Yuan and Ming Dynasties; the northern celadon in the Song Dynasty such as Yaozhou kiln; and Jingdezhen celadon porcelain since the Ming and Qing Dynasties. These were several important stages in the development of celadon wares.

  

WHITE-GLAZED STONEWARE CUP TANG DYNASTY 唐 白釉杯

LOT 171 | WHITE-GLAZED STONEWARE CUP | TANG DYNASTY
唐 白釉杯 | 11.2cm diameter | £4,000 - £6,000 + fees

 

View Lot 171 ⇒

 

Whitewares were already known during the time of the Northern and Southern division in the fifth and sixth centuries but became more widely known during the Tang dynasty. The Cha Jing (Tea Classic) by Lu Yu records the use of such whitewares known then as Xing wares in the tea ceremony.
LOT 161 | CIZHOU TEADUST-GLAZED SGRAFFIATO JAR | JIN DYNASTY, 12TH-13TH CENTURY 金代 磁州窯茶葉末釉剔花小罐 | 10.2cm wide | £300 - £500 + fees

LOT 161 | CIZHOU TEADUST-GLAZED SGRAFFIATO JAR | JIN DYNASTY, 12TH-13TH CENTURY
金代 磁州窯茶葉末釉剔花小罐 | 10.2cm wide | £300 - £500 + fees

 

View Lot 161 ⇒

 

Teadust-glaze is one of the important varieties of ancient iron crystalline glaze in China. A high temperature yellow glaze, it is fired at a high temperature and allowed to cool down slowly. The tea powder glaze was first produced during the Tang Dynasty, and was then successfully reproduced by the Jingdezhen during the Qing Dynasty and became one of the most precious monochromes. 

TEADUST-GLAZED OLIVE-FORM VASE QINALONG SIX-CHARACTER MARK AND POSSIBLY OF THE PERIODLOT 210 | TEADUST-GLAZED OLIVE-FORM VASE | QINALONG SIX-CHARACTER MARK AND POSSIBLY OF THE PERIOD
乾隆款或到代 茶葉末釉橄欖瓶 | 13.5cm high | £5,000 - £7,000 + fees

 

View Lot 210 ⇒

 

Copper-red glaze is created from the colouring characteristics of copper and the different firing conditions of the process, which resultis in changes in the form, density, and particle size of copper elements in various parts of the vessels. This results in the colour tones becoming extremely inconsistent.

 

OX-BLOOD-GLAZED LANGYAO MEIPING VASE QING DYNASTY, 18TH-19TH CENTURY
LOT 152 | OX-BLOOD-GLAZED LANGYAO MEIPING VASE | QING DYNASTY, 18TH-19TH CENTURY
清 紅釉郎窯小梅瓶 | 13cm high | £300 - £500 + fees

 

View Lot 152 ⇒

 

PEACHBLOOM-GLAZED BEEHIVE WATER POT KANGXI SIX-CHARACTER MARK AND POSSIBLY OF THE PERIOD
LOT 214 | PEACHBLOOM-GLAZED BEEHIVE WATER POT | KANGXI SIX-CHARACTER MARK AND POSSIBLY OF THE PERIOD
康熙款或到代 豇豆紅釉太白尊 | 12.5cm wide | £10,000 - £15,000 + fees

 

View Lot 214 ⇒

 


 

Auction Information

 

Fine Asian & Islamic Works of Art

Friday 13 May 2022 at 10am

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Viewing at 22 Connaught St, London from Sunday 8th to Thursday 12th May, 10am-5pm each day.

 


 

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