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    • 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

    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.

    Celadon-glazed stoneware bowl and cover

    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.

    Height of bowl and cover: 12.5cm