A rare persimmon-glazed 'Ding'-type mallow-form dish, Northern Song dynasty (960–1127)


Lot 107. A rare persimmon-glazed 'Ding'-type mallow-form dish, Northern Song dynasty (960–1127). Estimate 25,000 — 35,000 USD. Photo Sotheby's

thinly potted, rising from a short straight foot, the angled sides flaring slightly to a petal-edged rim divided by six notches, covered overall with a lustrous rust-brown glaze thinning at the rim, stopping unevenly above the unglazed foot, Japanese wood box (3). Diameter 6 7/8  in., 17.4 cm

Provenance: Collection of Harry Nail.
Collection of Hans Popper (1903-1988), no. C-1047. 
Eskenazi Ltd., London.

ExhibitionThe Hans Popper Collection of Oriental Art, The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, 1973, cat. no. 115. 
Song Ceramics from the Hans Popper Collection, Eskenazi, London, 2005, cat. no. 36.

NoteInspired by lacquers of the period, dishes of mallow-shape are rarely found among persimmon-glazed wares. A similar persimmon-glazed mallow-shaped dish attributed to the Ding kilns in the Nezu Museum was included in the exhibitionThe Colors and Forms of Song and Yuan China: Featuring Lacquerwares, Ceramics, and Metalwares, Nezu Institute of Fine Arts, Tokyo, 2004, cat. no. 24. Another from the Tokyo National Museum collection with a circular unglazed area on the interior is attributed to Cizhou ware, illustrated in ibid., cat. no. 25. Compare also a Ding-type dish formerly in the Cunliffe Collection, sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 2nd December 2015, lot 2819.

Sotheby'sImportant Chinese Art, New York, 13 sept. 2016, 10:30 AM