The exact outcome of each piece varies in the firing, but these ceramics belong to one of four different categories: white, green, black/brown and bright blue-glazed stonewares.
This minimalist decoration, coupled with a concentration on function and form, helps to give ‘Song’ ceramics a striking modernity. The collection includes superb wares with a range of glazes from different kilns. There are particularly strong examples of the white wares of the ‘Ding’ kilns and ‘Qingbai’ type and the celadons of both ‘Yaozhou’ and ‘Longquan’ type. Among the highlights of the 83 lot sale is an extremely rare 'Xingyao' Ewer dating to the 10th century (est. $400/600,000) and a ‘Ding’ dish from the Northern ‘Song’ Dynasty and formerly in the Toguri Collection, Japan (est. $500/700,000).