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