Chinese Jian ware ‘hare’s fur’ temmoku teabowl of conical form, covered overall in a black ground brown speckled glaze, thinning towards the iron-rust coloured rim, the glaze falling short of the chocolate-brown stoneware foot rim with shallow recessed base. 5 inches, 12.8 cm diameter.
Southern Song Dynasty, Jian kilns, Fujian Province, 12th century.

  • Formerly in the Feng Wen Tang Collection.
  • A similar teabowl, in the Gotoh Art Museum, Japan, was included in their exhibition of Chinese Ceramics, 1969, no. 27, and again by Junkichi Mayuyama in Mayuyama, Seventy Years, Volume One, no. 672, p. 223; another, from the Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, was included by Robert D. Mowry in the exhibition of Hare’s Fur, Tortoiseshell, and Partridge Feathers, Chinese Brown- and Black-Glazed Ceramics, 400 – 1400, 1996, no. 80, pp. 215/6, where the author notes, ‘The bowl was thrown on the potter’s wheel, after which the foot and base were cut with a knife. Once it has fully dried, the bowl was dipped into the glaze slurry; after another period of drying, the bowl’s lip was immersed in an iron-rich slip. The piece was fired right side up, seated in its saggar on a small biscuit-shaped clay firing cushion. The slip not only caused the hare’s-fur markings to form where it settled on the glaze surface, but caused the exposed body clay on the underside of the lip to fire rust brown; …’

建窑兔毫盞 南宋 十二世紀 奉文堂舊藏


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