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  • Place of origin:

    Korea (made)

  • Date:

    1800-1900 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stoneware, thrown, incised and glazed

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

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

The brown glaze covering this Choson period (1392-1910) porcelain bottle is made from rusted or burnt iron which was applied directly onto the porcelain body. In this way it differs from white porcelains of the same period. On those the body was first coated in slip before being covered with a white porcelain glaze. Iron-brown was a popular pigment also for painting designs on white porcelains. This technique, known as ch'olhwa, was also commenly used in celadons of the Koryo period (918-1392). Ch'olhwa white porcelain was manufactured thoughout the Choson dynasty, but was especially popular in the 17th century.

Physical description

Bottle of stoneware, covered with an iron-brown glaze. On the upper part of the body are two pairs of parallel lines incised under the glaze.

Place of Origin

Korea (made)


1800-1900 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Stoneware, thrown, incised and glazed


Height: 30.5 cm, Diameter: 17.2 cm

Descriptive line

Porcelain bottle with iron-brown glaze, two pairs of parallel lines incised under the glaze, Korea, Choson dynasty, 1800-1900.

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

McKillop, Beth. Korean art and design: the Samsung gallery of Korean art. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1992, Plate 40.




Thrown; Incised; Glazed


Ceramics; Stoneware


East Asia Collection

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