A rare Ding chrysanthemum-formd washer, Northern Song dynasty (960-1127)

Lot 3030. A rare Ding chrysanthemum-formd washer, Northern Song dynasty (960-1127); 6 11/16 in. (17 cm.) diam, box. Estimate HKD 800,000 - HKD 1,000,000. Price realised HKD 1,000,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2020.

The washer is elegantly potted with fluted walls rising from the flat base to twelve petal lobes, covered overall with a thin lustrous glaze of pale ivory tone with the exception of the tip of each lobe, thinning slightly around the rim of the base.

ProvenanceThe Forester Collection (according to label)
Butterfield & Butterfield (according to label)
Alan Chen’s Fine Arts, Taipei.

Note: During the Song dynasty vessels made in chrysanthemum form became popular in a number of media, including silver, lacquer, and fine ceramics. A small number of Song dynasty chrysanthemum-form dishes are preserved in the Qing Court collection, among which is a Southern Song Guan dish from the Xiuneisi kiln in the collection of National Palace Museum, though potted with a short ring foot and fired on spurs, it shares the same number of lobes and a very similar proportion to the current dish, see Catalogue of the Special Exhibition of Sung Dynasty Kuan Ware, Taipei, 1989, no. 93.

Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Hong Kong, 30 November 2020