A small Ding persimmon-glazed bowl, Northern Song dynasty (960–1127)

Lot 3033. A small Ding persimmon-glazed bowl, Northern Song dynasty (960–1127); 3 ¼ in. (8.2 cm.) diamEstimate HKD 200,000 - HKD 400,000. Price realised HKD 250,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2020.

The bowl is delicately potted with rounded sides rising to a straight rim, supported on a columnar foot, applied to the exterior with a reddish-brown glaze with areas of moss-green specks, and to the interior with a clear glaze. The mouth and foot rims are unglazed, revealing the fine, white body.

Note: This delicately potted bowl is unusual for its small size and uncommon form with straight sides. Fragments of a slightly larger bowl (10.9 cm.) dating to the Northern Song dynasty, also with straight sides and applied with a persimmon glaze on the exterior and clear glaze on the interior, was excavated at the Ding kiln site in Quyang county, Dingzhou, illustrated in Ding Kiln of China, Beijing, 2012, pl. 123.

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