A Dingyao molded ‘Phoenix and Carp’ bowl, Jin dynasty (1115-1234)

Lot 858. A Dingyao molded ‘Phoenix and Carp’ bowl, Jin dynasty (1115-1234); 7 3/8in (18.7cm) diameter. Estimate $6,000 - 10,000. © Bonhams.

The shallow rounded sides rising from short foot ring, the interior molded with a medallion enclosing a carp swimming in a lotus pond, encircled by a pair of phoenix amid large lotus blossoms and other aquatic plants, a llbelow a key fret band and unglazed rim, the ivory-white glaze with an olive tinge.

Provenance: Virginia Hobart (1876-1958), and thence by descent

Note: A similar Jin dynasty dish was sold at Christie’s London, 14 May 2013, lot 247, and another with an almost identical design was sold in our San Francisco rooms, 18 Jun 2007, lot 6337.

A finely moulded Dingyao dish, Jin dynasty (1115-1234)

A finely moulded Dingyao dish, Jin dynasty (1115-1234); 7¼ in. (18.5 cm.) diam. Estimate GBP 6,000 - GBP 8,000. Price realised GBP 20,000 at Christie’s London, 14 May 2013, lot 247. © Christie's Image Ltd 2013.

The dish, with shallow rounded sides rising from a neat foot ring, is moulded in the interior with four mandarin ducks flying amongst lotus and other flowers around a central medallion of similar flowers and foliage. The dish is covered overall in a glaze of ivory tone pooling to pale olive above the foot. 

Provenance: Dr. Alan Barlow; sold Christie's London, 8 December 1986, lot 230.

Bonhams. Fine Chinese Works of Art and Paintings, New York, 9 september 2019