A large Chinese crackle glaze vase, decorated with four panels of playing Kylin in underglaze blue on a grey crackle glaze body. Low relief black key and leaf borders. Four character mark. Height 45 cm
crackles. In ceramics, crackles may be introduced intentionally during the firing process, as was often the case with Oriental ceramics, and are known as artificial crackles. Natural crackles occur with age, and if the glaze is transparent, may be difficult to detect. Natural crackles may not cover the whole surface of the object and may be uneven in size.
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