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Bowl stand

Bowl stand

  • Place of origin:

    Jingdezhen (made)

  • Date:

    1000-1125 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain, glazed

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with Art Fund support, the Vallentin Bequest, Sir Percival David and the Universities China Committee

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    China, Room 44, The T.T. Tsui Gallery, case 5

A bowlstand was a luxury object, not a daily necessity. According to legend it was invented by a noblewoman in the 8th century. Finding a tea bowl too hot to hold in her hands she put it on a saucer, and to stop the bowl sliding on the saucer she put wax around its foot. The shape of the present bowlstand, with its lobed flange and splayed foot, is much more elaborate than a simple saucer on which to rest a bowl.

Physical description

Bowl stand, six-lobed, high foot with spreading rim. Porcelain with qingbai (bluish-white) glaze.

Place of Origin

Jingdezhen (made)


1000-1125 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Porcelain, glazed


Height: 9.5 cm, Diameter: 13.6 cm

Descriptive line

Qingbai ware. Bowl stand, porcelain with qingbai (bluish-white) glaze; China (Jingdezhen), Northern Song, 1000-1125

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Kerr, Rose. Song dynasty ceramics. London:V&A Publications, 2004, plate 99.

Labels and date

Bowl stand
Northern Song dynasty

Porcelain with bluish (qingbai) glaze
Jingdezhen kilns, south China

Museum no. C.839-1936 [2007]






Tea, Coffee & Chocolate wares; Porcelain; Ceramics


East Asia Collection

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