Lot 243. A rare 'Ding' incised 'mallow' dish, Northern Song dynasty (960-1127), 14.2cm., 5 1/2 in. Estimate 1,200 — 1,500 GBP. Lot sold 48,500 GBP. Photo: Sotheby's.
the body with five mallow-petal shaped lobes rising from a short straight foot, finely and naturalistically incised to the interior and exterior with overlapping petals, covered overall with a clear ivory glaze pooling in characteristic tear-drops on the exterior.
Exhibited: Chinese Gold, Silver and Porcelain. The Kempe Collection, Asia House Gallery, New York, 1971, cat. no. 103, an exhibition touring the United States and shown also at nine other museums.
Literature: Gyllensvärd, 1964, cat. no. 355
Bo Gyllensvärd, 'A Botanical Excursion in the Kempe Collection', Bulletin of the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, no. 37, 1965, pl. 9b.
Jan Wirgin, Sung Ceramic Designs, Stockholm, 1970, fig. 28e.
The World's Great Collections. Oriental Ceramics, vol. 8, Tokyo, 1982, pl. 73.
William Watson, Tang and Liao Ceramics, London, 1984, pl. 106.
Chinese Ceramics in the Carl Kempe Collection, The Museum of Art and Far Eastern Antiquities in Ulricehamn, Ulricehamn, 2002, pl. 558.
Sotheby's. London, Masterpieces of Chinese Precious Metalwork: Early Chinese Gold and Silver, 14 May 2008