Chinese Ceramics of the Song Dynasty (960 to 1279 AD), Eskenazi Ltd, 10 Clifford Street, London W1, 8th – 29th May 2015,
These thirty very special ceramics which make up this selling exhibition come from an important private collection.
Considered a golden age, China under the Song dynasty was prosperous and a place of change and invention whether social, economic or “scientific”. For the latter think printed bank notes, the use of gunpowder and, as this exhibition so ably proves, ceramic design and techniques.
Song ceramics have had a lasting impact on the world of ceramics and been held in high esteem ever since they were first produced. By the 15th century they were being copied in China and their influence can be traced in Art and Studio pottery movements of the West until this day.
Works from both the Northern Song (960-1127 AD) and Southern Song (1127-1279 AD) periods are included. As one might expect these serene objects have been garnered from the collections of some of the great Western Twentieth century collections, including Mr & Mrs Alfred Clark, Alfred Schoenlicht, Johannes Hellner and Lord Cunliffe.