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    • 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

    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-glazed stoneware 'phoenix' vase (meiping)

    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.

    Height: 28.3cm