Glaze

A ceramic glaze applied to various kinds of ceramics fulfills different purposes. Its application and subsequent firing fuses it directly to the original biscuit clay surface of the object with or without paint resulting in an impervious waterproof outside coating and a glass-like vitreous layer as high heat in a kiln fuses the glaze to the object. The glaze also can color, decorate and seal the formerly porous biscuit surface that was prone to leakage. Some glazes may be colored and others clear depending on the effects and colors desired in the final piece, and clear glazes may be applied over painted surfaces to permanently seal them to the object. Distinct apple green glazes were popular in the late Qing dynasty.

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  • Ancient Glazed Ceramic Han Wing Cup, China (1009BOH) $450

    $450.00
    H: 1.5”  W: 5.125”  D: 3.875” | FREE SHIPPING

    This rare Han dynasty green glazed winged cup is a mingqi burial object placed in a tomb to comfort and satisfy the deceased. Winged cups were popular during the Han Dynasty when they were made from molded earthenware covered with a thick green leaded glaze which sometimes , as here, caused a chemical reaction between the lead and the tomb’s humidity resulting in an iridescent silver-green color.  It is in very good condition considering its age and use with considerable silver-green glazed luminous iridescence remaining.

  • Ancient Han Dynasty Glazed Hu Jar, China (1604AOK) $495

    $495.00
    H: 6.75” Dia: 6″ | FREE SHIPPING!

    This two thousand year old heavy wine vessel called a Hu is covered in a dark-green lead glaze used often during the Han dynasty for burial items called mingqia variety of which were placed in tombs to provide comfort to the deceased in their afterlife. With a characteristic elegant hu shape, it rests on a wide foot and rises to a minimally decorated globular body with low relief horizontal bars, a wide tapering neck and is topped by a wide flaring bowl-like mouth. Its underside, like most, was left unglazed.

  • Ancient Han Dynasty Pottery Pig, China (2029BKE) $395

    $395.00
    H: 2.5”  W: 4.5”  D: 2.375” | FREE SHIPPING!

    This glazed pig mingqi was one of many items made for a tomb to placate the spirit of the deceased and assure the soul’s access to the things enjoyed when alive. This animal mingqi confirms the importance of pigs as a food source and of raising livestock in Han China. An alert animal whose stocky body is typical, it’s dark lead green glaze and damp tomb created a chemical reaction over centuries making it a lustrous, iridescent green impossible to copy that is highly valued in China and by collectors. In very good condition, it has expected glaze losses, minor abrasions and cracks due to its age and long tomb burial.

  • Ancient Lekanis Dish, Magna Graecia (3247BHK) $575

    $575.00
    H: 3.625”  Dia: 3.5″ | FREE SHIPPING!

    This diminutive but very elegant piece is a lekanis, a lid-covered dish originating in Greece embraced by artisans from Apulia in Magna Graecia in Southern Italy who adapted this form in their Xenon wares in the 6th century BCE. This terracotta lidded bowl is covered with pale matte salmon decorations over a black glazed body, a bowl highlighted with decorative meandering bands. Fathers in ancient times filled these bowls with small items of adornment and gave them to their daughters as a wedding gift, which would be a delightful tradition to uphold today.

  • Antique Blue and White Porcelain Miniature Ewer, China (4056B-DKM) $135

    $135.00

    This charming miniature ewer or small pitcher was made during the Tongzhi Period and probably used in a restaurant or home kitchen as a dispenser for soy sauce, oils or other liquids. Likely from a provincial area, the spout and handle are elegantly curved. The thick cobalt blue designs are set on a spotted grey ground with a chrysanthemum on each side and abstract plantain curved vertical leaf designs below. There are also bindweed vines on both sides, neck and lid and the oval above the flower. The lid’s underside is unglazed and has a lotus shaped bud atop for lifting, and the inside and lid’s underside has century old stains from soy, dried oil or other dark liquids attesting to its age and use. It is in good condition with some chips, discoloration and spotting consistent with its age and use. The bottom has a Chinese antique export seal.

  • Antique Enamel Yixing Stoneware Teapot, China (1152B-PAR) $335

    $335.00

    This delicate and very rare antique Yixing teapot is unusually shaped with a circular loop handle, short spout, flaring rim and small flat cover with a round finial. The four small loops/lugs below its rim to suspend it indicate it may have been used for oil or soy sauce rather than tea. Decorated with free hand-painted colored enamels, it has six raised circular panels around the body each containing fanciful and bright floral and leaf decorations on white and yellow backgrounds.  Decorated with free hand painted colored enamels, it has 6 slightly raised circular panels around the body inside of which are fanciful and bright floral and leaf decorations on white and yellow backgrounds. This pairs very well with the Yixing clay pot 1152A.

  • Antique Enameled Yixing Stoneware Teapot, China (1152A-PAR) $335

    $335.00
    H: 2.625”  W: 6.125”  D: 4” | FREE SHIPPING

    This delicate and very rare antique Yixing teapot is unusually shaped with a circular loop handle, short spout, flaring rim and small flat cover with a round finial. The four small loops/lugs below its rim to suspend it indicate it may have been used for oil or soy sauce rather than tea. Decorated with free hand-painted colored enamels, it has six raised circular panels around the body each containing fanciful and bright floral and leaf decorations on white and yellow backgrounds. This pairs well with Yixing Stoneware Pot 1152B.

  • Antique Garden Stool with Pierce-work Designs, China (16780ZLSE) $1400

    $1,400.00
    H: 19″  W: 13.25”  D: 11.75” | FOR SHIPPING INFORMATION CONTACT US AT 213-568-3030

    This magnificent  glazed stoneware garden stool was owned by a wealthy family that is reflected in its complex pierce-work and its use of cobalt blue, a prized mineral color normally used very sparingly. Its strong hexagonal walls are decorated with registers of varied heights running vertically up the sides and divided by horizontal cobalt blue lines surrounding the stool. The designs depicted here – narcissus flowers, double lozenges and the octagonal shapes below are all Chinese auspicious symbols, homophones, and visual puns laden with meaning and wishes for continual good fortune, prosperity and wealth and the protective casting out of demons for the family to reach their goals and wishes for a good life. This pairs well with garden stool 16779.

     

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  • Antique Glazed Garden Stool, Coin/Taotie Designs, China (16777B-VCEM) $1275

    $1,275.00
    H: 19”  W: 15”  D: 14” | FOR SHIPPING INFORMATION CONTACT US AT 213-568-3030

    Fashioned in a traditional drum/barrel shape, this unusual and ornately decorated antique garden stool is covered with auspicious symbols, and the positive energy from them is believed to be absorbed by the lucky individual who sits on them. Highlighted with pierced decorations and circular reliefs the upper borders of the body of this beautiful stoneware stool is covered with four bands of apple green, white, brown and cobalt blue – an expensive and infrequently used pigment.  The bottom portion is covered in a mustard yellow glaze with pierced and relief images of double coins, tao tieh and florals.

     

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  • Antique Porcelain Cat Teapot, China (17022C-GLK) $125

    $125.00
    H: 7”  W: 7”  D: 3.5” | FREE SHIPPING!

    This charming white porcelain cat teapot with a raised paw has a removable head l, a sinuous tail handle to pour tea from the end of the paw, and a removable head to add water to the vessel. Beautifully hand-painted whimsical and colorful designs include  a thin ribbon-like blue collar, an impressive dangling ornamental bow, and the black accents that define the face, ears, head and paws.

     

  • Antique Porcelain Cat Teapot, Chinese Republic (17022A-PLK) $135

    $135.00

    This charming porcelain a cat teapot with a raised paw has a removable head to pour liquid into the vessel and a long sinuous tail handle for pouring liquid  from the opening at the end of the paw. The design is whimsical and colorful with a thin green ribbon collar and an impressive dangling ornamental bow with black accents defining the face, ears and head.

  • Antique Porcelain Ewer Quatrefoil Panels, China (18036QAS) $235

    $235.00
    H: 4.875″  W:  4.5″  D: 3.25 ” | FREE SHIPPING!

    This elegantly shaped and beautiful high-fired antique porcelain ewer was decorated on its outside with a saffron-colored glaze called a coral red glaze. The sides have a white glazed quatrefoil panel with hand-painted multi-colored floral designs on a white background within a gold frame interspersed among sinuous gold leaf vines across the body and neck and a white glaze covers the inside and bottom. Its beauty is enhanced with its graceful spout, colorful white and gold panel beautiful.

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