View on fragmentary ceramics

 Jar with design of kids' larkishness in underglaze blue

 Jar with design of trees and birds in underglaze blue


  With the passage of time, people's view on collection changed accordingly. In former days, collectors thought it scorn to pack off official ware ceramics made in late Qing dynasty which occupy a sizeable proportion in the bidding block nowadays.   Destroyed by nature and human being, antique became less than before, especially those fragile ones. Most of them faded away with time while only a little proportion still exist now but fragmentary. These years such cracked ceramics manifest a tendency of increment which means that collectors become more rational than ever. The notion held by collectors that even the porcelain were destroyed just a little, they will become devalued is outdated and disappeared gradually. Although those ceramics are fragmentary, they do not lose their beauty and value just like that with Venus. I have two blue and white jars and I'd like to share them with you.

1.Jar with design of kids' larkishness in underglaze blue
  During Jiajing period of Ming dynasty, ceramic industry developed step by step in China. At that time, official ware ceramics were not only fired in the kiln used for emperor, some of them were fired in the folk kiln. This blue and white jar is forty centimeters' high. Its caliber is 20.5 centimeter and the bottom diameter is 39 centimeter. It has straight mouth, flat but slightly sunken bottom. Besides, it is fully glazed. The veins on the jar have three levels: on its shoulder, you can see typical cloud and crane pattern of Jiajing period. On its central part, the pictures are about eighteen boys who are curveting. They have different gestures and poses.
  On the latter part, you will see particular design of petals of the lotus in Jiajing and Wanli period. From its mouth to the bottom, the jar cracks into two parts which are connected by adhibitting.
  The body of the jar appears tough, thick and heavy. The surface of the glaze is blue and does not have luster. The color of blue and white on the jar appears a little bit purple, but looks grey in general. Such characteristics are almost the same as those of the ceramics in Jiajing period. What is more, the clothes the boys wore just manifested some vivid characteristics of that time.

2. Jar with design of trees and birds in underglaze blue
  During Wanli period, there are two stages in the production of ceramics in the official ware. In the first 35 years of Wanli period, official ware plays an important role while after that time folk kiln developed rapidly.
  The mouth and the neck of the jar were destroyed seriously. It is 18.5 centimeters' high. Its caliber is 13 centimeters and the foot diameter is 18 centimeters. The jar is oblate; it has broad shoulder and shallow ring foot. The surface of its glaze is blue and lustrous. The veins on the jar also have three levels: on its neck, curl grass will be seen; on its shoulder, there are four reserved panels foiled by design on tapestry-like ground. In each of the reserved panel, you will see birds, pine trees and bamboos. They have various gestures and manifested lively scenery in Wanli period.
  The most estimable aspects of this jar are as follow: first of all, it has particular shape; it is short but not clumsy. Secondly, jars with such veins are rare. Finally, the theme of the veins is about trees and birds that manifested the artistic characteristics during Wanli period. Such traits greatly affected the ceramics produced later.