A fine and rare molded 'Ding' dish, Northern Song - Jin dynasty

Lot 35. A fine and rare molded 'Ding' dish, Northern Song-Jin dynasty (960-1134). Estimate 60,000 — 80,000 USDLot sold 150,000 USD. © Sotheby's.

the barb-edged center of the shallow flat-bottomed dish, finely molded with a flying wild goose with its wings outstretched and feathers carefully delineated, surrounded by a wreath of lotus, tightly enclosed within a hexafoil border with encircling scroll of tree peonies , the cavetto crisply molded with full bloom herbaceous peonies borne on a leafy vine with small buds, and delicate classic scrollwork, applied overall with an ivory glaze with characteristic teardrop streaks running down the exterior, the rim bound with a copper band; 7 3/8 in., 18.2 cm.

ExhibitionAnthology of Chinese Art, Min Chiu Society Silver Jubilee Exhibition, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1985-86, cat.no.127.

Min Chiu Society Thirtieth Anniversary Exhibition, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1990-91, cat.no.89. 

Note: Molded 'Ding' ware comes in a wide range of qualities, and the present dish, with its complex, distinctly impressed design composed of extremely delicate elements, is an example of the finest type, which evokes the appearance of exquisite silk brocade. The smooth ivory-coloured glaze is also characteristic of the best production of the Ding kilns at Quyang in Hebei province.

It is very rare to find molded pieces of this standard, although dishes with related, less detailed bird and flower designs are recorded. Compare, for example two dishes with everted rim, in the National Palace Museum, Taiwan, both decorated with a phoenix among flower scrolls, included in the Illustrated Catalogue of Sung Dynasty Porcelain in the National Palace Museum: Ting Ware and Ting-type Ware, Taipei, 1973, pls.66 and 67, one of them selected for the Museum's Millennium Exhibition Art and Culture of the Sung Dynasty, Taipei, 2000, cat.no.IV-54; and a third dish of that design is illustrated in Jan Wirgin, Sung Ceramic Designs, Stockholm, 1970, pl.100b.

Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art, New York, 31 mars 2005