Lot 706. A rare molded Ding dish, Northern Song-Jin Dynasty, 12th century; 6 ¼ in. (16 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 20,000 - USD 30,000. Price realised USD 179,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2016
The dish is potted with rounded sides rising from a short foot, and is deeply molded on the inner cavetto with a band of floral scroll below a key-fret band encircling the rim and above a single flower sprig in the center. The dish is covered overall with a clear glaze of warm ivory tone, Japanese double wood box
Provenance: Mayuyama, Tokyo, acquired in 2006.
Notes: Molded decoration on Ding wares was adopted in the latter part of the Northern Song dynasty (960-1127) and flourished during the Jin dynasty (1115-1234). Ding dishes of this particular design are very rare. A shard with similar molded decoration, found in the Ding kiln site in Quyang county, Hebei province, is illustrated in Selection of Ding Ware: the Palace Museum’s Collection and Archaeological Excavation, Beijing, 2012, pp. 270-271, no. 117. A molded Ding bowl with similar design in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, is illustrated by Tsai Meifen, Decorated Porcelains of Dingzhou: White Ding Wares from the collection of the National Palace Museum, Taipei, 2014, p. 150, no. II-95.
Christie's. The Classic Age of Chinese Ceramics: The Linyushanren Collection, Part II, 15 September 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza