Two Rare Guan Ware Vases, Northern Song Dynasty

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Lot No. :YCDW-170906
Centuries of Style:Northern Song Dynasty * (960 - 1127)
Feature:Two vases, porcelain of the 'Bian-Jin' Guan ware (Northern Song imperial porcelain)
Source:Private collection
* The Northern Song Dynasty (960 - 1127) is an era of Song Dynasty. Historically, the Song Dynasty (960 - 1279)include both the Northern and the Southern Song(1127 - 1279).
Social life during the Song was vibrant. Citizens gathered to view and trade precious artworks, the populace intermingled at public festivals and private clubs, and cities had lively entertainment quarters. The spread of literature and knowledge was enhanced by the rapid expansion of woodblock printing and the 11th-century invention of movable-type printing. Technology, science, philosophy, mathematics, and engineering flourished over the course of the Song. The gentry distinguished themselves in society through their intellectual and antiquarian pursuits, while the homes of prominent landholders attracted a variety of courtiers, including artisans, artists, educational tutors, and entertainers. The Song dynasty was an era of administrative sophistication and complex social organization. Some of the largest cities in the world were found in China during this period (Kaifeng and Hangzhou had populations of over a million). People enjoyed various social clubs and entertainment in the cities, and there were many schools and temples to provide the people with education and religious services. People attended social clubs in large numbers; there were tea clubs, exotic food clubs, antiquarian and art collectors' clubs, horse-loving clubs, poetry clubs, and music clubs. The era was known for its regional varieties of performing arts styles as well.


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