Jian stoneware bowl with ‘hare’s fur’ glaze
A small stoneware bowl, the steeply sloping sides rising from a short foot and curving slightly inwards underneath a straight rim. The bowl is covered in several layers of brown and black glaze. A glossy black glaze covers the interior of the bowl and extends over the rim, stopping in an uneven line just short of the foot. A dense pattern of russet ‘hare’s fur’ streaks extends from the rim towards the interior and exterior of the bowl. The unglazed part of the bowl shows the dense, fine-grained purple-coloured stoneware body.
This exquisitely potted and glazed bowl is a fine example of jian ware. Considering its small size it was probably used for drinking wine. The shape, dark stoneware body and black glaze with the typical ‘hare’s fur’ markings identify this bowl as a product of the Jian kiln in northern Fujian province. Two closely comparable jian bowls of similar size and glaze, dated to the Northern Song dynasty (960 – 1127), are in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum. Three further comparable small jian bowls of similar size but applied with different glazes, are respectively in the Meiyintang collection and the Muwen Tang collection.
- Kwan, S. Song Ceramics- The Muwen Tang Collection series, Vol. 11, Hong Kong, 2012, p. 494
- Kerr, R., Song Dynasty Ceramics, V&A Publications, London, 2004, nos. 117 & 117a, p. 115
- Krahl, R., Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, Vol. One, Azimuth Editions, 1994, nos. 527 & 528, p. 284
- Kwan, S., op. cit., no. 214, p. 494