Q&A: Qingbai Yuan Vase


This page is only one of many thousands of Gotheborg.com Help and Information Pages, offering specialized knowledge on Chinese and Japanese Porcelain, including a Glossary, Q&A, Chinese and Japanese Porcelain Marks, Chinese Porcelain Exhibition and Excavation reports etc. For personal help and far more information, join our Discussion Board or use 'Ask a Question' for quick email consultations. For full text and better navigation, use a full-screen device rather than a mobile phone, that offers only limited content.

Late Song/Yuan Dynasty Qingbai Vase

There were many kilns active in the Southern part of China during the Song and Yuan dynasty producing the bluish white Qingbai wares.

The white wares with a slightly bluish tinge, sometimes bordering to Celadon, enjoyed a widespread popularity as well within China as on the many exports markets.

During the end of Song and into the Yuan dynasty we can notice a simplified manner of production with molded rather then cut or incised decoration, with the now more space filling pattern often applied in bands encircling the piece.

The outside is decorated with an impressed pattern of lotus flowers and petals, covered with bluish white Qingbai glaze on a white tranclucent body fired red where unglazed. The size is rather limited with an height of 5 3/8 inches or 13 cm.

As for a date I would like to suggest Late Southern Song (1127-1279) to Yuan (1279-1368) dynasty. A similar vase is also illustrated by Jan Wirgin in his "Sung Ceramic Designs" as pl. 34, as belonging to the Carl Kempe Collection (CKc 571).

Jan-Erik Nilsson