Lot 49. A rare white-glazed foliate-rim dish, Five Dynasties-Northern Song dynasty (907-1127). Diameter 6 in., 15.2 cm. Estimate 50,000 — 70,000 USD. Lot sold 106,250 USD. Photo Sotheby's.
the well-potted sides rising from a tall slightly flared foot to the rim cut into four bracket-lobed petals, each defined by a pointed tip in the center, applied overall with an ivory-white glaze, the base incised with a xin guan (New Official) mark, the footrim left unglazed revealing the white body.
Note: Very few examples of foliate-rim dishes with a high splayed foot appear to be published. See a dish of related form illustrated with a cup-like receptacle, cataloged as white-glazed, excavated in 2002 and now in the Ji'nan Institute of Archaeology illustrated in Zhongguo chutu ciqi quanji / Complete Collection of Ceramic Art Unearthed in China, Beijing, 2008, vol. 6, pl. 110.
For a related example attributed to the Ding kilns, see a foliate rim dish also with a xin guan mark but a flat foot, excavated in 1969 in Dingzhou, and illustrated in Zhongguo taoci quanji [Complete series on Chinese Ceramics], Shanghai, 1999-2000, vol. 7, pl. 42. Another related cupstand, also attributed to the Ding kilns, with a guan mark and excavated in 1969 in the Dingzhou Museum, is illustrated in Zhongguo chutu ciqi quanji / Complete Collection of Ceramic Art Unearthed in China, Beijing, 2008, vol. 3, pl. 89; and another with a shorter foot, illustrated in Decorated Porcelains of Dingzhou: White Ding wares from the collection of the National Palace Museum, Taipei, 2014, p.37, pl. I-18.
Sotheby's. Song Tradition: Early Ceramics from the Yang De Tang Collection. New York, 17 mars 2015, 11:00 AM