Less Is More

In February, I travelled through out China to visit families during Chinese New Year. Along the way, I made a trip to Beijing to see the special exhibition of Ru ware at the Palace Museum. I've done some research on Ru ware for my previous post (click here). Knowing the background of it, I was still amazed by how beautiful these objects were. Celadon ceramics have been a major genre in Chinese ceramic history. There were many kilns specialized in this green-blue ceramics. I did not understand why Ru ware was so outstanding until I saw them in person. There was more blue than green in the color. The cracks were crisp as if they were still crackling underneath the surface. The difference between Ru ware and regular celadon ceramic was so subtle that you just have to examine it with your own eyes. I felt very lucky to have seen  them at the Palace Museum. 

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The Sky After Rain

When the Chinese exported loads of blue-and-white porcelain to feed the Western market, they kept the really good stuff to themselves. Ru ware, probably known as the finest ceramics in history, was made exclusively for emperors in the Northern Song Dynasty. It was only produced for about 20 years before the Ru kiln was ruined with the fall of the Northern Song. There are 79 known pieces in recorded history and only 7 of them remain in private hands. In 2012, a rare piece of Ru ware came onto the market and was sold for $207m HKD at Sotheby's. 

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