Porcelain glaze

Blue glaze
Brown and Purple glaze
Cracked glaze
Furnace transmutation glaze



Eggplant purple

  Eggplant purple is high temperature colored glaze using manganese as color generation agent. Manganese is put in the glaze containing high alkali content. It is called eggplant purple because its glaze color is smooth just like the ripe eggplant skin. It is divided into light eggplant purple and deep eggplant purple according to the shades of its color generation. The color of the light eggplant is between cowpea and "yundou" and it has little difference with red. In addition, it is also called grape purple, rose purple and so on. Among the low temperature glazes, it also include spray purple made in the Qing dynasty.
  The eggplant purple is created in the Ming dynasty. It is suffused with blue in purple and the glaze is both fleshy and smooth during the years of Hongzhi. The vessel shapes include "xizun", "zun" with two ears in the shape of ribbon and so on. Although the variety of the eggplant purple has already been produced during the years of Jiaqing and Wanli, the modeling is not clearer and neater than the ones made during the years of Hongzhi. There are two kinds of glaze color during the years of Jiaqing. One is the light one, the other is the deep one. The deep one takes on blackish purple and it is often glazed on large tributary wares such as big plates, big bowls and so on. The light one takes on light purple just like unripe eggplant skin and it is often glazed on the relatively fine plates and bowls. Among them, the crackled ones are the best because the color is pure and the glaze is hard. But if the cracks are close, it belongs to the second class. The glaze color is divided into three kinds: the light one, the deep one and the old fashioned dark one. The light one is bright- colored. It is mainly used in the decorative wares. The deep one is deeper than the ordinary eggplant purple. The glaze is bright. It is often used in the single colored wares. The old fashioned dark is used in the "sancai" and so on.





Eggplant purple glazed plate carved cloud and dragon design (Qianlong)



Brown glaze




  Brown glaze is also called reddish purple glaze. It is high temperature glaze using iron as coloring agent. The glaze material is one kind of the new varieties during the years of Xuande. The cover coat is fleshy, smooth, bright, clean and there are orange designs on it. The color and lustre of dark reddish purple is relatively light during the years of Jiaqing. Some of the cover coats are bright and some of the cover coats are dark and gloomy. The color of the glaze is brown during the years of Kangxi and it is often glazed on the edge of the mouth of the wares. The imitation ancient bronze colored wares daubed gold and decorated liquid gold on the brown ground is a special variety among the porcelain-made technology during the years of Qianlong. The brown glaze is often glazed on the imitation wares because it has the effect of the "ziding" in the Song dynasty. The common vessel shape include three kinds: the bowl which the mouth of the bowl turns to outside, the tie-over plate and the plate which the mouth of the plate turns to outside.


Gold brown glaze

  It is called gold brown glaze because its color generation is like sesame paste. Its color is light during the years of Kangxi. But, not only is the glaze thick but also the color is deep during the years of Yongzheng and Qianlong. It is often glazed on the small wares.







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