A rare Ding slip-decorated 'lotus' bottle vase, Song dynasty (960-1279)

 

Lot 201. A rare Ding slip-decorated 'lotus' bottle vase, Song dynasty (960-1279); 11 5/8 in. (29.5 cm) high. Estimate GBP 15,000 - GBP 20,000 (USD 19,560 - USD 26,080). © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.

The pear-shaped body is decorated with large dark brown lotus blossoms amongst leafy tendrils, all below stylized petals to the trumpet-shaped neck with white combed decoration.

Provenance: Collection of Professor Ferdinando Cappelletti, acquired in Rome in the late 1970s.

Note: Two slightly smaller Ding vases from the Northern Song dynasty with the same distinctive sgraffiato technique of brown against white and with combed white decoration include the brown slip-decorated Ding vase (16.3 cm. high) in the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington illustrated in Oriental Ceramics: The World's Great Collections, vol 9., Tokyo, 1981, pl.11; and the brown-slip-decorated Ding vase (18.4 cm. high) sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 20 March 2002, lot 102.

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Ding ware bottle, Northern Song dynasty, 11th-early 12th century. Porcelain with iron pigment under transparent ivory-toned glaze. H x Diam: 16.3 x 16.6 cm (6 7/16 x 6 9/16 in). Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment, F1959.6, Freer Gallery of Art, Washington© 2019 Smithsonian Institution. 

Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, London, 14 May 2019