Lot 771. A molded 'Ding' 'Pheasant' dish, Northern Song-Jin dynasty (960-1234). Diameter 7 in., 17.8 cm. Estimate 30,000 — 50,000 USD. Lot sold 107,500 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's.
the shallow, gently rounded sides rising to an everted rim, the center crisply molded with a pair of pheasants, one poised atop craggy pierced rockwork, its almond-shaped head turning towards its mate swooping downward and meeting its gaze, its long tail trailing to the grass-tufted ground, a luxuriant flowering peony tree arching overhead, the cavetto with an elegant foliate scroll, the rim plain and bound with a metal band, all under a creamy ivory glaze.
Note: A Ding ware dish impressed with the same design is in the National Palace Museum, Taipei and illustrated in Decorated Porcelains of Dingzhou, White Ding Wares from the Collection of the National Palace Museum, Taipei, 2014. cat. no. II-135.
Sotheby's. Fine Classical Chinese Paintings & Calligraphy, New York, 12 Sep 2019