AN AMBER-GLAZED MARBLED POTTERY BOWL, TANG
China, Tang dynasty, 618-907. The rounded sides rising from a short circular foot, the brown and white clay marbled to produce a design of mixed dark and light swirling stripes, covered overall in a clear amber glaze, stopping at the foot, revealing the unglazed body.
Provenance: From a French collection.
Condition: Excellent condition with firing flaws, traces of use and old wear, one small chip to foot.
Weight: 283.9 grams
Dimensions: Diameter 12.6 cm
Literature comparison: The present piece is remarkable for its vibrant marble effect and body that is covered by a luminous amber glaze. Wares of this type, known in Chinese as jiao tai, were a Tang dynasty innovation created by twisting and kneading together different colored clays. A number of fragments of marbled wares have been unearthed at the Gongxian kilns at Huangye in Gongyi, Henan province, illustrated in Three-Color Glazed Pottery Kilns of the Tang Dynasty at Huangye, Beijing, 2000, col. pl. 71, no. 9, as well as at the Liquanfang kilns in Xi'an, Shaanxi province, published in The Kiln Site of Tricolor-Glazed Pottery at Liquanfang in Chang'an Capital City of Tang Dynasty, Beijing, 2008, col. pl. 39.