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    • 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

    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.

    Green-glazed painted stoneware vase

    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.

    Height: 24.8cm