Christie's offers Song ceramics from the Linyushanren Collection
Christie's has announced the sale of the most comprehensive private collection of Song ceramics ever auctioned.
The Linyushanren Collection, assembled by a distinguished Japanese collector over the course of three decades, features remarkable examples of ceramic artistry produced during the Chinese Song dynasty period, from 960-1279 AD.
“Assembled with a disciplined and discerning eye, the Linyushanren Collection stands as a testament to a passionate collector," said Jonathan Stone, Chairman of Asian Art. "It will be a celebration of the Song Dynasty aesthetics, whose intrinsic values epitomize simplicity, restraint, and subtlety”.
The sale will offer 36 pieces from the collection, produced in some of the most important kiln sites across China. Leading the sale will be a supremely rare Ge foliate dish dating from the Southern Song Dynasty, circa 1127-1279. Featuring a deliberately crackled glaze, designed to mimic the patterns and fissures in natural jade, Ge ware was highly prized by the Qianlong Emperor himself.
This dish was formely owned by the esteemed collector Stephen Junkunc III, and was part of the Los Angeles Museum's seminal exhibition of Chinese ceramics in 1952.
Further highlights will include a large carved Ding ‘Daylily’ basin dating from the Northern Song Dynasty circa 960-1127, estimated at HK$5,000,000-$7,000,000 (US$650,000-$900,000); a carved Yaozhou Petal-Rim jar from the Northern Song Dynasty, estimated at HK$600,000-$800,000 (US$80,000-$110,000); and a rare Jizhou Meiping from the Southern Song Dynasty, estimated at HK$1,000,000-$1,500,000 US$130,000-$200,000.
“For centuries, Song ceramics have been widely admired by international connoisseurs for their refinement and timeless elegance," said Pola Antebi, International Director of Chinese Works of Art at Christie’s. "The demand for the finest Chinese works of art has particularly increased in recent years, with experienced collectors looking for exceptional pieces with impeccable provenance."
"All these rare elements characterise the group of Song ceramics from the Linyunshanren Collection, which is possibly the most important and comprehensive private collection of Song Ceramics to come on the market in decades”.
The sale takes place in Hong Kong on December 2.
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