The Hosokawa Family Collection until the 1990s
PROPERTY FROM THE LINYUSHANREN COLLECTION
This superb Ding bowl is from the Linyushanren Collection. Linyushanren is the hall name of a private Japanese connoisseur who
has collected Chinese ceramics since the 1970s, focusing almost entirely on Song ceramics after 1996. Over the past two decades, the Linyushanren Collection has become one of the most comprehensive collections of Song ceramics in private hands. The collection stands as a testament to the diligence and fine taste of the collector.
The present bowl was previously owned by the renowned Hosokawa clan. Spanning over 700 years, the Hosokawa clan has played a crucial role in the political and cultural development of Japanese society. The Hosokawa family has long been celebrated as great connoisseurs and patrons of art, especially for tea ceremony related objects. The 16th head of the clan, Hosokawa Moritatsu (1883-1970) was a keen collector of Chinese art and founded the Eisei Bunko Museum in 1950.
Mr. Moritatsu Hosokawa was tireless in his quest for the most sophisticated art works and did not confine his search within Japan. He travelled extensively across Europe and America in order to meet prominent dealers and collector such as C.T. Loo, George Eumorphopolous and R.L. Hobson. Legend has it that he frequently competed with Sir Percival David over the very best Chinese works of art.
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Kochukyo, Soji (Song Ceramics), Tokyo, 1998, no. 5
Christie's, The Classical Age of Chinese Ceramics: An Exhibition of Song Treasures from the Linyushanren Collection,Hong Kong, 2012, pp. 28-29, no. 4
Japanese Ceramics Society, Exhibition of the Masterpieces of Song Ceramics: Ding and Cizhou Wares, Nihonbashi Shirokiya,
Tokyo, 7-12 December 1962, Catalogue, no. 17
Kochukyo, Soji (Song Ceramics), Tokyo, 2-4 October 1998, Catalogue, no. 5
Christie's, The Classical Age of Chinese Ceramics: An Exhibition of Song Treasures from the Linyushanren Collection, Hong Kong, 22-27 November 2012; New York, 15-20 March 2013; London, 10-14 May 2013, Catalogue, no. 4