Lot 535. A Dingyao incised 'lotus' dish, Northern Song-Jin dynasty (960-1234); 6 1/2in (16.7cm) diam. Estimate US$ 4,000 - 6,000 (€ 3,500 - 5,300). Sold for US$ 37,575 (€ 33,228) inc. premium. © Bonhams 2001-2019
Potted with shallow curved sides supported on a short foot, the interior finely and freely incised with a medallion enclosing a leafy lotus spray, encircled by six lines radiating outwards towards the notched metal-bound rim, covered overall with an ivory-white glaze.
Provenance: Virginia Hobart (1876-1958), thence by descent.
Note: Two Ding ware examples incised with central lotus medallions were exhibited at the Nezu Institute of Fine Arts, Tokyo, and illustrated in the exhibition catalogue, White Porcelain of Ding Yao, Tokyo, 1983, cat. nos. 130 and 131; and another example from the Heeramaneck Collection, is illustrated in Jan Wirgin, Sung Ceramic Designs, Stockholm, 1970, pl. 58c. A similar example, dated to the Jin period, was included in the exhibition Decorated Porcelains of Dinzhou: White Ding wares from the collection of the National Palace Museum (Taipei, 2014), II-38, p. 83.