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Celadon bottle - Long-necked celadon bottle with inlays and underglaze copper red
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Long-necked celadon bottle with inlays and underglaze copper red

  • Object:

    Celadon bottle

  • Place of origin:

    Korea (a kiln site in Yucheon-ri, Buan, made)

  • Date:

    1200-1250 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    celadon clay, thrown, inlaid, underglaze painted, and celadon glaze

  • Museum number:

    C.72-1911

  • Gallery location:

    Korea, Room 47g, case 11

This 13th-century bottle has a globular body and a long slender neck, to one side of which is a small loop. It is covered with a celadon glaze, beneath which is black-and-white inlaid decoration. This decoration features four roundels enclosing either a chrysanthemum or peony spray, with willow trees adorning the space between each roundel. There is a band of lotus petals around the shoulder and the foot, leafy sprays on the neck, and a squared spiral border around the mouth. There are touches of underglaze copper red on the peonies. Underglaze copper-red is quite rare on celadons of the Goryeo dynasty (918-1392). Examples of brilliant red colour achieved by using underglaze copper pigment are rare because of the difficulty in stabilizing copper pigment.

Some areas on the neck and foot are unglazed, and there is some gold lacquer repair to the rim. The small loop has been restored, and there is a firing crack on the base that extends to the body.

Physical description

The bottle has a globular body and a long slender neck, to one side of which is a small loop. It is covered with a celadon glaze underneath which there is black and white inlaid decoration. The decoration features four roundels enclosing either a chrysanthemum or peony spray with willows between each roundel. There is a band of lotus petals around the shoulder and the foot, leafy sprays on the neck, and a squared spiral border around the mouth. There are touches of underglaze copper red on the peonies. Some areas on the neck and foot are unglazed, there is gold lacquer repair to the rim. The small loop has been restored and there is a firing crack on the base which extends to the body.
(bib: "Korean Art in the United Kingdom. Part 1: The collections at London and Oxford. Sir John Figgess. Korean Culture, vol.6, no. 2, p.10, plate 6.)

Place of Origin

Korea (a kiln site in Yucheon-ri, Buan, made)

Date

1200-1250 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

celadon clay, thrown, inlaid, underglaze painted, and celadon glaze

Dimensions

Height: 35 cm, Diameter: 17.5 cm, Diameter: 4.2 cm mouth, Diameter: 11.5 cm base

Descriptive line

Long-necked celadon bottle with inlaid peony, chrysanthemum, and willow design highlighted with underglaze copper red

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

Bethe McKillop.
Korean Art and Design.
London: V&A,
1992.
217.
Nigel Wood, Rose Kerr.
Graciousness to Wild usterity: Aesthetic dimensions of Korean ceramics explored through technology.
London: Orientations,
1992/12.
401.
John Ayers.
Oriental Art in the V&A.
London: Scala/V&A/Philip Wilson,
1983.
page 41.
Nick Pearce.
"The Samsung Gallery of Korean Art at the Victoria and Albert Museum.".
London: Arts of Asia, vol.22.6,
1992.
p.128, fig.7.
National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage. Daejeon: National Research Institue of Cultural Heritage, 2013, p. 111.

Materials

Celadon

Techniques

Inlaid; Thrown

Subjects depicted

Chrysanthemum; Willow; Lotus; Peony

Collection

East Asia Collection

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