China has been famous for porcelain since ancient times. In addition to making dishes and vases with porcelain, the ancients also invented porcelain pillows. Pillow is a common sleep tool, which is used as a filler for sleeping comfort. In ancient China, when the heat is hard to bear, people will use porcelain pillows. Li Qingzhao, a poetess of the Northern Song Dynasty, said in the book “drunk flower shade”, the mist is thick, the clouds are heavy, and the sky is heavy. The auspicious brain sells the golden beast, and the sun is heavy again during the festival. Jade pillow and gauze kitchen, cool in the middle of the night… “” It can be seen that the ancients loved porcelain pillow, because it not only has the effect of refreshing and refreshing the skin, but also has the saying that “the name is beneficial to the eyes, and the old can read carefully”.
Although porcelain pillow is a good bedding to relieve summer heat, but in modern life, porcelain pillow has long disappeared. Porcelain pillow was first made in Sui Dynasty, and began to be produced in large quantities after Tang Dynasty, and gradually became a favorite bedding pillow. By the Song Dynasty and the Jin and Yuan Dynasties, the development of porcelain pillows had entered a prosperous period, producing areas throughout the north and south, with rich shapes. At that time, the more popular porcelain pillows were geometric pillow, animal pillow, architectural pillow, figure pillow and so on, with exquisite modeling and exquisite production. At the same time, the porcelain pillow in this period also has a great development in the decorative techniques. During this period, the porcelain pillows gradually changed from practical products to arts and crafts. After the Ming and Qing Dynasties, with the emergence of more excellent pillow materials, the porcelain pillow began to withdraw from the historical stage.
In terms of artistic value, porcelain pillow can not be replaced by other porcelain in many aspects. First of all, it has a special shape. Many porcelains, such as a plate, a bowl, and a bottle, can only be one-sided, with limited viewing angle. The porcelain pillow can let people enjoy it from multiple angles. As the daily necessities of ancient people’s life, porcelain pillow integrates science, art, folk custom and health care medicine in the long river of history, and is famous for its unique modeling, rich and colorful decorative themes, as well as techniques such as carving, carving, inlaying, calligraphy, painting, embroidery and printing. Its own cultural connotation and artistic value are extremely rich.
mong the porcelain pillows we can see today, Song Dynasty has the highest artistic achievements. In Song Dynasty, Cizhou kiln, Quyang Ding kiln, Bacun kiln, Dangyangyu kiln and Dengfeng kiln were the most famous porcelain pillows, especially the products of Hebei Cizhou kiln and Quyang Ding kiln, which were exquisite in shape and exquisite in production.
As a representative type of ancient folk ceramics in China, the market price of porcelain pillow has been influenced by the overall market of porcelain. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, due to the unique shape of porcelain pillow and people’s lack of understanding of its artistic value, the market price of porcelain pillow is relatively low. By the mid-1990s, with the overall increase of China’s porcelain market price, the price of porcelain pillow has also increased nearly ten times. After 2000, with people’s recognition of the artistic value of porcelain pillows, the overall price of porcelain pillows rose again, especially the exquisite porcelain pillows in song and Yuan Dynasties, which are the focus of some collectors and have a good prospect.
Experts recommend: this double child carved baby porcelain pillow has a clear and realistic face, elegant and childlike appearance, simple and dignified appearance, smooth and bright glaze, bright and lustrous glaze, exquisite modeling, auspicious design, detailed image, lifelike, natural and vivid, exquisite and neat production. The porcelain pillow has a regular body, hard porcelain, old bone, smooth and thick glaze, which is as fine and clean as jade without defects. The pillow is made by pressing the front and back moulds, and then cutting the facial features and clothing lines with a knife to make the expression more vivid and clear. There are two small round holes dug at the left and right sides to avoid bursting due to the hot air in the closed vessel during firing. This device shows a very challenging technology at that time. Very rare.