Lot 15. A rare marbled saucer dish, Northern Song dynasty; 16.8cm, 6 5/8 in. Estimate 4,000 — 6,000 GBP. Lot sold 13,200 GBP. Photo: Sotheby's
the shallow flaring sides rising from a flat base to an everted lipped rim, finely potted with striated cream and dark brown coloured clays creating a radiating feathered pattern and encircled at the rim with a band of cream coloured clay, covered inside and out with a transparent ivory coloured glaze.
Note: A similar marbled dish, in the Shandong Provincial Museum, is illustrated in Zhongguo wenwu jinghua daquan. Taoci juan, Shanghai, 1993, pl. 250; and another is included in the Illustrated Catalogues of Tokyo National Museum. Chinese Ceramics I, Tokyo, 1988, cat.no. 574. Compare also two larger marbled dishes in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, illustrated in Oriental Ceramics. The World's Great Collections. vol. 10, Tokyo, 1980, pls. 30 and 72.
Dish, Song dynasty (960–1279), 2.6 x 16.9 cm (1 x 6 5/8 in.). Bequest of Charles Bain Hoyt—Charles Bain Hoyt Collection, 50.2063 © 2018 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Dish, Song dynasty (960–1279), 1.8 x 18.3 cm (11/16 x 7 3/16 in.). Bequest of Charles Bain Hoyt—Charles Bain Hoyt Collection, 50.2065 © 2018 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston