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Dish - Fish


  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Zibo (made)

  • Date:

    1984 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Qu, Leilei, born 1951 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stoneware with coloured glazes

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 15, shelf 1

Physical description

Dish, once-fired in a coal-burning tunnel kiln, for 32 hours, at temperatures reading 1200-1300 degree Celsius. Design of a fish skeleton and three smaller fish carved into the biscuit-fired body, then a base layer of black glaze, then cobalt blue sprinkled onto the thickest area and allowed to run. Different densities of glaze give brown, blue and white effects.

The maker's intentions behind creating the piece were to achieve a certain archaic flavour while using contemporary ceramic technological skills, to forge together in the fire an impression of water and an impression of skeletal fossils, and thereby to create an exciting temporal dimension at once eternal and fresh.

Box: Notes by maker in register.

Place of Origin

Zibo (made)


1984 (made)


Qu, Leilei, born 1951 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Stoneware with coloured glazes


Diameter: 25.8 cm

Object history note

Bought from the maker in London

Descriptive line

'Fish' dish, stoneware with coloured glazes, made by Qu Leilei, China (Zibo, Shangdong province), 1984

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

Notes by maker in register
'Daily Telegraph' 25.1.1986. 'Ham & High' 28.11.1986, 'Siyu' Jan-Feb 1987





Subjects depicted



Ceramics; Stoneware; Art Pottery


East Asia Collection

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