Song Ceramics From the Kwan Collection

  • Language: Chinese
  • ISBN: 978-9622151239
  • Hardcover : HK$1500.00

Although the Song dynasty suffered from foreign invasions and disturbances throughout its reign of over three hundred years, still it enjoyed considerably growth in its economy. Cultural development was accompanied by the raising of the living standard of the people. Ceramics of the time were produced in many famous kilns for the local market as well as for export to Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, Africa and Europe through the ports of Guangzhou, Quanzhou, Hangzhou and Yangzhou in China. Potters of the Song dynasty obtained distinguished improvements in the clay, glaze and techniques of ceramic production, forming a unique dynastic style.

This exhibition features more than two hundred masterpieces of Song ceramics, drawn from the cream of Dr. Simon Kwan’s collection. For comparison purpose, the exhibition also includes wares belonging to the Yuan, Liao and Jin dynasties. The exhibits fully reflect the achievement of the potters of the time and will be of great value for academic research. 

May I take this opportunity to express my heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Simon Kwan for his generous loan of exhibits, as well as his effort and support. Not only has he provided an opportunity for the public to view and share his precious collection, he has also kindly written the caption entries. Dr. Kwan is an earnest scholar as well as a learned collector. I would also wish to thank Mr. Liu Xin-Yuan for contributing the special essay in the catalogue.