Chien Ware - (Ceramics Stoneware China) Glossary of Antique Terms C

Chien Ware - (Ceramics, Stoneware, China) Stoneware of the Sung dynasty made at Chien-an (and later at Chien-yang), Fukein Province. The dark heavy body has an extremely thick black or blue-black glaze streaked with brown. Conical tea-bowls were the principal products, which were prized by the Japanese, who also copied the ware, and gave it the name temmoku. Other black-glazed wares from the provinces of Kiangsi, Honan and Chihli are usually termed Chien ware.


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