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This is worth looking at:  Chien Yao and related Wares, first published in 1922


Tips on looking at such bowls:



The typical Jian tea bowl is conical in shape and has a coarse reddish-black stoneware body.

The body is slightly thicker than with some modern copies.

The glaze is  purplish black . 

The thick dripping glaze near the base often appears as if still shrinking back.

Most genuine examples will show age related glaze crackling under a  x 10 loupe. One might also see "golden" sparkling with the loupe.

Repairs to the rim are suggestive of authenticity (repaired kiln "wasters" which have been dug up)  though some fakes are broken and repaired on purpose.

When tapped to produce a "ring" the high pitched ring of a very high temperature fired stoneware  is an alarm bell.

The unglazed fabric is a blackish brown.

The base ring on genuine ones is not usually sharp but worn a little smooth.



Of course there is yet another thing one can do.

Makers of fakes which sell their produce for not a lot of money don't expect collectors to spend about fifteen times as much on a TL test!


But some of us do!








As I said at the begining of these three pages about this type of piece, I'm not all that familiar with Chinese artifacts  and would really welcome any comments and suggested additions and contributions to these pages.


Email me!


From Arthur

(This comment was actually offered in an email correspondence some six years ago before I had one of these small bowls TL tested! It's taken that time for me to get around to doing these pages!)


If these bowls were not made in 12th-14th c. period, they were made in  the 20th century.  They could, however, be "old" since I'm pretty sure that Jianyao reproductions have been made since the early 20th c.  (By the way, most reproductions were not purposely made to deceive; it is just that at some point someone thought they were older than they were or thought (perhaps with a little dirt-enhancement) they might be made to pass for ancient.)


Song period imitations of Jianyao hare's fur bowls had a whitish clay body- the unglazed area around the foot was sometimes left exposed and sometimes disguised with a dark slip to make it look more like a Jianyao bowl.  (Jianyao hare's fur bowls of this type had a distinctive clay body which fired "purplish brown."  Not this shade  of brown.  



December 2010

Many thanks to Graham in Hong Kong for drawing my attention to this website which anyone who has found these last few pages interesting, will find extremely interesting and useful.


June 2011.

And indeed David whose website this is contacted me. Which really nice.

He kindly volunteered to examine these three bowls and here is his report.

Really worth reading.



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