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Archaic

All of these pots are from China. Unfortunately it is not possible to know the exact origin or artists who made them, as the pots are not marked. Pots like these were shipped from the potteries to big gouvernment trade centers and then sold at home and abroad. A prominent example are the FUKIEN potteries in the Fukien province. They are famous for their glazed pots. The kantonese pots have famous blue and green glazes. Those potteries are located in KUANGCHOU and in the Kwantung province. Then there are the NANBAN pots. They are from the area of Xiamen at the south shore of China.

I would like to show you some pots that are probably from the potteries mentioned above. The first pot is fascinating due to its almost archaic look. The formerly bright blue glaze has disintegrated from the inside by the influences of fertilizer and water. This is an unmistakable sign for an old age. It is impossible to create such a patina artificially. Sometimes the upper edges of such old pots were not glazed so that they could be stacked in the kiln without sticking together.

The age of this pot is estimated to 80 to 100 years.





The second pot is rectangular and may be 60 to 80 years old. On the front side a floral picture symbol has been modelled. It is covered with a thin transparent glaze.



The third pot has an eye-catching tall and slender shape, it is a cascade pot. Cascade pots often are a symbol for a rock or mountain. They allow the plant to grow downward. Maybe the potter has tried to represent rocks and mountains in a fog by using this striking glaze. On this pot also there are glaze disintegrations which remind us that nothing is forever.

The age of the pot must be 80-100 years. All of these pots are from the collection of Pius Notter.

See also Museum, Museum Pius Notter.

All photographs by PIUS NOTTER.

Translation: Heike van Gunst


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