Extremely Rare Chou Glass Inlaid Dish, China
Rare is subjective, in this case, the single famous open jar in the British Museum, (pictured last here), once upon a time, a single small example in the Alice Boney collection, likely since, that one possibly to Robert Ellsworth's collection, and, the two pieces in this collection, the larger of those offered in this lot. Might as well mention here, the greatest piece of all of ancient Chinese glass is in this collection, along with a few other extremely rare, outstanding pieces of the same. Here, an exceptional glass inlaid dish, previously to this offering, unknown. The body, as here and all of the two other examples known are with a body of some kind of an earthenware and glass fusion mix a combination, heavy and particularly dense, not unlike the certain glass fused 'faience' structure of Egyptian pieces. Prior to firing, this dish was 'inlaid' with a highly decorative array of multi colored and artistically placed shapes of pale green, dark blue, white and brown glass inlays, each of at least two colors. This incredible thing is perfect and dates from the Eastern Chou Dynasty, likely from the latter Spring and Autumn period or early in the Warring States. Fifth to fourth centuries BC. Shortly later, all glass casting, carving and manipulation was understood as learned from other lands. We'll guarantee it as definitely prior to the Han era, pre-Christian, perfect condition, original burial surface, never offered or seen, never touched or cleaned and scarcer than hen's teeth. 4 5/8" diameter.
At British Museum. "RED EARTHENWARE BOWL, DECORATED WITH A SLIP AND INLAID WITH GLASS PASTE. Eastern Zhou period, 4th-3rd century BC. This bowl was probably intended to copy a more precious and possibly foreign vessel in bronze or even silver. Glass was little used in China. Its popularity at the end of the Eastern Zhou period was probably due to foreign influence." British Museum"