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  • Place of origin:

    Korea (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1990 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Kwon Sun-hyông, born 1929 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain, thrown and luted, with cream, brown and crystalline green glazes

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 18, shelf 7

The surface decoration of this porcelain vase reveals Kwon Sun-hyông’s twin passions: colour and painting. A cream glaze covers the lower body. On the upper body, Kwon has applied a brown glaze over which he has liberally added a crystalline green glaze, allowing it to splash and drip at the shoulder. Precipitation in the kiln has caused spots of black to form on the green glaze.

Kwon was born in 1929 and graduated from Seoul National University in 1955. After continuing his studies in the United States he returned to teach at his alma mater, where he has influenced generations of potters as well as producing his own work.

Physical description

The vase has a short narrow neck and raised foot on which is the maker's mark, 'Chok'. Lower body cream-coloured, brown and crystalline green glazes applied to upper body. Join line visible at waist.

Place of Origin

Korea (made)


ca. 1990 (made)


Kwon Sun-hyông, born 1929 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Porcelain, thrown and luted, with cream, brown and crystalline green glazes


Height: 25.2 cm, Diameter: 4.9 cm mouth, Diameter: 13 cm foot

Descriptive line

Porcelain vase with cream, brown and crystalline green glazes, made by Kwon Sun-hyông, Korea, ca. 1990

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

McKillop, Beth. "Some potters working in Korea today", in Transactions of the Oriental Ceramic Society, Vol 57, London, 1992-3, p. 64, Fig. 6.




Thrown; Glazed


Porcelain; Ceramics


East Asia Collection

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