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    • 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

    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-grey-glazed stoneware dish

    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.

    Diameter: 13.0cm