A rare 'Ding' ewer, Liao-Song dynasty (907-1279)

Lot 504. A rare 'Ding' ewer, Liao-Song dynasty (907-1279); height 6 1/4 in., 15.9 cm. Estimate 15,000 — 20,000 USD. Lot sold 122,500 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's.

the pear-shaped body molded into six vertical lobes, rising from a short straight foot to a concave mouth, the looped handle imitating woven rope attached to the body above the short curved spout by three floret medallions and on the opposite side by a ruyi-shaped panel, covered in a milky white glaze of grayish tone.

Provenance: Property of a Gentleman.
Sotheby's London, 26th June 1973, lot 157.
Eskenazi Ltd., London
Sotheby's London, 11th December 1990, lot 217.

Sotheby's Harmony of Form, Serenity of Color: A Private Collection of 'Song' Ceramics23rd March 2011