Lot 1316. A molded Dingyao dish, Jin dynasty (1115-1234); 8¾ in. (22.3 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 25,000 - USD 35,000. Price realised USD 62,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011.
With shallow rounded sides rising to the everted rim, the interior finely molded with two spotted stags leaping amidst pomegranate scroll, one with head turned to look backwards at the other holding the stem of a leaf in its mouth, below a band of lotus meander reserved on a stippled ground in the canted well, with a slightly countersunk base, covered overall with an ivory-tinted glaze pooling in tears on the exterior, the rim with copper mount, stand.
Provenance: John Sparks Ltd., London.
Sotheby's, London, 11 December 1984, lot 158.
Greenwald Collection no. 30.
Literature: Gerald M. Greenwald, The Greenwald Collection, Two Thousand Years of Chinese Ceramics, 1996, no. 30.
Note: A Dingyao dish of this pattern from the Eumorfopoulos Collection is illustrated by J. Ayers, Far Eastern Ceramics in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1980, col. pl. 22, who mentions, p. 165, related factory molds inscribed with Jin dynasty dates. The same dish is illustrated by J. Wirgin, Sung Ceramic Designs, Stockholm, 1970, pl. 96a and fig. 20a, who describes this group of dishes, p. 200, with "two sika deer with large antlers among pomegranate scrolls", as an extremely fine example of the deer motif, which was rare in Dingyao. Another dish of the same pattern in the Metropolitan Museum of Art is illustrated by S. Valenstein, A Handbook of Chinese Ceramics, New York, 1975, pl. 51.