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Tester

Tester

  • Place of origin:

    Jingdezhen (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1650 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain clay, thrown, dried, painted, glazed, fired

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Rose Kerr

  • Museum number:

    FE.2-2007

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 143, The Timothy Sainsbury Gallery, case 34, shelf 2

Potters monitored the progress of firing using fragments of porcelain like this. They were lowered into the kiln through peepholes in the roof, and then withdrawn after a period. Changes to the tester allowed potters to assess the firing conditions.

Physical description

Fragment of porcelain painted with a blue floral pattern under a shiny glaze, with a circular hole through the wall.

Place of Origin

Jingdezhen (made)

Date

ca. 1650 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Porcelain clay, thrown, dried, painted, glazed, fired

Dimensions

Height: 7.5 cm

Descriptive line

Cer, China, Ming, Blue and White

Production Note

Object is formed from a fragment of a blue and white porcelain bowl, used as a tester for judging the firing temperature in a kiln.

Materials

Porcelain; Cobalt; Glaze

Techniques

Throwing; Painting; Glazing; Firing

Subjects depicted

Flowers

Categories

Ceramics; Porcelain

Production Type

Mass produced

Collection

East Asia Collection

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