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    • 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

    8 May - 29 May, 2015

    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

    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.

    Diameter: 12.0cm