• Glazed porcellaneous stoneware carved dish
    • Glazed porcellaneous stoneware carved dish
    Glazed porcellaneous stoneware carved dish

    Principal wares of the Song period from a private collection

    This exhibition highlights a group of thirty important Song ceramics from a distinguished private collection. The Song period (960 - 1279) was an especially innovative and rich time for ceramic production and is often regarded as the ‘golden age’ of stoneware in China. This collection features outstanding examples from nearly all the main kilns from both north and south, including Guan, Ding, Jun, Yaozhou, Cizhou and Jizhou. Notable are the range of techniques used, the variety of shapes and indeed the extraordinary quality of the pieces, many previously owned by well-known collectors of the twentieth century, such as Lord Cunliffe, Mr and Mrs Alfred Clark and Alfred Schoenlicht.
     

    Glazed porcellaneous stoneware carved dish

    Diameter: 15.6cm

    Northern Song period, 11th - 12th century.

    From the Ding kilns in Hebei province, this classic dish is finely carved with luxuriant lotus plants, a favourite Song subject, depicted in the paintings, ceramics and decorative arts of the period.

    • Celadon-glazed stoneware bowl and cover
    • Celadon-glazed stoneware bowl and cover
    Celadon-glazed stoneware bowl and cover

    Principal wares of the Song period from a private collection

    This exhibition highlights a group of thirty important Song ceramics from a distinguished private collection. The Song period (960 - 1279) was an especially innovative and rich time for ceramic production and is often regarded as the ‘golden age’ of stoneware in China. This collection features outstanding examples from nearly all the main kilns from both north and south, including Guan, Ding, Jun, Yaozhou, Cizhou and Jizhou. Notable are the range of techniques used, the variety of shapes and indeed the extraordinary quality of the pieces, many previously owned by well-known collectors of the twentieth century, such as Lord Cunliffe, Mr and Mrs Alfred Clark and Alfred Schoenlicht.
     

    Celadon-glazed stoneware bowl and cover

    Height of bowl and cover: 12.5cm

    Northern Song period, 11th - 12th century

    The Yaozhou kilns in northern China were renowned for their celadon wares which were often carved and combed with decoration beneath the glaze, as may be seen on the present bowl and cover.
     
    • Blue-glazed splashed stoneware dish
    • Blue-glazed splashed stoneware dish
    Blue-glazed splashed stoneware dish

    Principal wares of the Song period from a private collection

    This exhibition highlights a group of thirty important Song ceramics from a distinguished private collection. The Song period (960 - 1279) was an especially innovative and rich time for ceramic production and is often regarded as the ‘golden age’ of stoneware in China. This collection features outstanding examples from nearly all the main kilns from both north and south, including Guan, Ding, Jun, Yaozhou, Cizhou and Jizhou. Notable are the range of techniques used, the variety of shapes and indeed the extraordinary quality of the pieces, many previously owned by well-known collectors of the twentieth century, such as Lord Cunliffe, Mr and Mrs Alfred Clark and Alfred Schoenlicht.
     

    Blue-glazed splashed stoneware dish

    Diameter: 18.5cm

    Jin period, 12th - 13th century

    The dramatic use of rich purple copper-based pigment splashes against a sky-blue ground is mostly seen on Jun wares from the Jin period (1115 - 1234). The copper was applied, often with a brush, to the dried glaze before the vessel was fired in a reduction kiln.
     
    • Black-brown glazed stoneware bowl
    • Black-brown glazed stoneware bowl
    • Black-brown glazed stoneware bowl
    Black-brown glazed stoneware bowl

    Principal wares of the Song period from a private collection

    This exhibition highlights a group of thirty important Song ceramics from a distinguished private collection. The Song period (960 - 1279) was an especially innovative and rich time for ceramic production and is often regarded as the ‘golden age’ of stoneware in China. This collection features outstanding examples from nearly all the main kilns from both north and south, including Guan, Ding, Jun, Yaozhou, Cizhou and Jizhou. Notable are the range of techniques used, the variety of shapes and indeed the extraordinary quality of the pieces, many previously owned by well-known collectors of the twentieth century, such as Lord Cunliffe, Mr and Mrs Alfred Clark and Alfred Schoenlicht.
     

    Black-brown glazed stoneware bowl

    Diameter: 12.0cm

    Northern Song period, 11th - 12th century

    The interior of this bowl is decorated with russet splashes, created by the application of iron-rich glazes or pigments on top of a black glaze. These are often referred to as ‘partridge feather mottles’ (zhegu ban), a term which originated in tenth century Chinese texts.
     
    • Glazed stoneware truncated vase (xiaokouping)
    • Glazed stoneware truncated vase (xiaokouping)
    • Glazed stoneware truncated vase (xiaokouping)
    Glazed stoneware truncated vase (xiaokouping)

    Principal wares of the Song period from a private collection

    This exhibition highlights a group of thirty important Song ceramics from a distinguished private collection. The Song period (960 - 1279) was an especially innovative and rich time for ceramic production and is often regarded as the ‘golden age’ of stoneware in China. This collection features outstanding examples from nearly all the main kilns from both north and south, including Guan, Ding, Jun, Yaozhou, Cizhou and Jizhou. Notable are the range of techniques used, the variety of shapes and indeed the extraordinary quality of the pieces, many previously owned by well-known collectors of the twentieth century, such as Lord Cunliffe, Mr and Mrs Alfred Clark and Alfred Schoenlicht.
     

    Glazed stoneware truncated vase (xiaokouping)

    Height: 22.0cm

    Northern Song - Jin period, 12th century

    Painted with three elegant peony branches, each with a single bloom and curling leaves, this vessel is testament to the peony as a favoured motif on Song ceramics. While the peony was used as a floral ornament on architecture and the decorative arts from the Tang period (618 - 907), it later came to be seen as the flower of ‘nobility and wealth’.
     
    • Green-glazed painted stoneware vase
    • Green-glazed painted stoneware vase
    • Green-glazed painted stoneware vase
    Green-glazed painted stoneware vase

    Principal wares of the Song period from a private collection

    This exhibition highlights a group of thirty important Song ceramics from a distinguished private collection. The Song period (960 - 1279) was an especially innovative and rich time for ceramic production and is often regarded as the ‘golden age’ of stoneware in China. This collection features outstanding examples from nearly all the main kilns from both north and south, including Guan, Ding, Jun, Yaozhou, Cizhou and Jizhou. Notable are the range of techniques used, the variety of shapes and indeed the extraordinary quality of the pieces, many previously owned by well-known collectors of the twentieth century, such as Lord Cunliffe, Mr and Mrs Alfred Clark and Alfred Schoenlicht.
     

    Green-glazed painted stoneware vase

    Height: 24.8cm

    Northern Song - Jin period, 12th century

    This vase from the Cizhou kilns in Hebei province is remarkable for its bright leaf-green glaze over the black slip-painted peony motifs. It has been twice fired – once fired in the biscuit after having been painted with peonies and again at a lower temperature once the green lead glaze had been applied all over.
     
    • Black-glazed stoneware 'phoenix' vase (meiping)
    • Black-glazed stoneware 'phoenix' vase (meiping)
    • Black-glazed stoneware 'phoenix' vase (meiping)
    Black-glazed stoneware 'phoenix' vase (meiping)

    Principal wares of the Song period from a private collection

    This exhibition highlights a group of thirty important Song ceramics from a distinguished private collection. The Song period (960 - 1279) was an especially innovative and rich time for ceramic production and is often regarded as the ‘golden age’ of stoneware in China. This collection features outstanding examples from nearly all the main kilns from both north and south, including Guan, Ding, Jun, Yaozhou, Cizhou and Jizhou. Notable are the range of techniques used, the variety of shapes and indeed the extraordinary quality of the pieces, many previously owned by well-known collectors of the twentieth century, such as Lord Cunliffe, Mr and Mrs Alfred Clark and Alfred Schoenlicht.
     

    Black-glazed stoneware 'phoenix' vase (meiping)

    Height: 28.3cm

    Southern Song - Yuan period, 13th - 14th century

    The striking phoenix motifs on the present vessel were applied using an innovative design feature from the Jizhou kilns. A stencil of the motif was created from a paper cut and attached to the body of the vessel. Once the vessel had been dipped in glaze slurry and the glaze had dried, the stencils were removed and more details added. Once dried, the decorated areas were covered in clear glaze for protection before firing.
     
    • Green-grey-glazed stoneware dish
    • Green-grey-glazed stoneware dish
    Green-grey-glazed stoneware dish

    Principal wares of the Song period from a private collection

    This exhibition highlights a group of thirty important Song ceramics from a distinguished private collection. The Song period (960 - 1279) was an especially innovative and rich time for ceramic production and is often regarded as the ‘golden age’ of stoneware in China. This collection features outstanding examples from nearly all the main kilns from both north and south, including Guan, Ding, Jun, Yaozhou, Cizhou and Jizhou. Notable are the range of techniques used, the variety of shapes and indeed the extraordinary quality of the pieces, many previously owned by well-known collectors of the twentieth century, such as Lord Cunliffe, Mr and Mrs Alfred Clark and Alfred Schoenlicht.
     

    Green-grey-glazed stoneware dish

    Diameter: 13.0cm

    Southern Song period, 12th - 13th century,

    Guan ware was produced from the middle of the twelfth century in Hangzhou, specifically for the Southern Song court, which had fled south after the Jurchen Jin invasion in 1127. The present dish is a rare example of Xiuneisi (Palace Maintenance Office) Guan ware. Its fine stoneware body is covered with a green-grey glaze which has been applied in several thin coats, giving its surface an opaque jade-like quality.