The founder and current curator of the museum, Mr. Ma Weidu, one of the most famous collectors in China, gave a high appraisal to the porcelain in the Northern Song Dynasty -- "the best porcelain in the world is the Northern Song Dynasty porcelain". In his opinion, Song porcelain is the peak of Chinese porcelain, which is the art of turning a pot of soil of the mountain into rare treasures. Moreover, the porcelain of Song dynasty has a philosophical concept, and it is the quintessence of Chinese aesthetics and Chinese philosophy, which cannot be found in Ming and Qing porcelain.
Finally, Song porcelain that was highly praised by Ma Weidou proved its value at auction.
At Sotheby's Chinese ceramics and crafts auction in Hong Kong, a " sky blue glaze to wash in the Ru kiln of the Northern Song Dynasty which was collected by honorary chairman Robert Tsao of UMC" was auctioned for 290 million Hong Kong dollars (250 million yuan) after nearly 30 times of bidding in October 3. This not only set a new auction record of song porcelain, but also refreshed the world auction record of Chinese porcelain.
The world auction record of Chinese porcelain was a "chicken cup" in 2014. At that time, Liu Yiqian, chairman of Xin Li Yi group, buy the "chicken cup" with 280 million Hong Kong dollars and immediately drank tea with it and said "to connect with the magic breath". The action has also stirred up controversy.
Why did the Northern Song Dynasty porcelain often sale for such high price?
First, it is because it's rare. In the late Northern Song Dynasty, ru kiln mainly fire imperial porcelain for the imperial court, and it was the top of the five famous kilns of the Song Dynasty. Moreover, the existinging time of Ru kiln is very short, and the porcelain produced during the period is also like the morning star. After the death of the Northern Song Dynasty, the Ru kiln as the pinnacle of the art was also annihilated, which lasted for only two decades, and the people of Southern Song Dynasty sigh that it is so rare to get one. And because of this, for a long time, even the site of Ru kiln has become a history unsettled problem. It was not until the year of 2000 that the site of Ru kiln was unearthed in Qingliang temple village in Bao Feng county, Henan province.
Since the Song dynasty perishes till now, only less than 80 pieces of Ru kiln chinaware were spread all over the world. (not include the 10 archaeological excavations that were found after 2000), most of Ru kiln porcelain is in the imperial palace or in rich families, the world can do nothing but lament. There are only about 87 real products left in the world. Only four private collections can be circulated in the market. This "sky blue glaze to wash in the Northern Song Dynasty " is just one of them, it’s almost a perfect work.