A rare 'Ding' bottle vase, Jin dynasty (1115-1234)

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Lot 82. A rare 'Ding' bottle vase, Jin dynasty (1115-1234). Height 13 in., 33 cmEstimate 30,000 - 50,000 USDLot sold: 31,500 USD. © Sotheby's 2021

the ample pear-shaped body supported on a straight foot and sweeping into a tall flaring cylindrical neck with an everted rim, covered overall with a transparent ivory-tinged glaze pooling to a deeper tone, the unglazed footring exposing the whitish body.

Property from the Collection of Bruce Dayton and Ruth Stricker Dayton.

Provenance: Blitz Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Amsterdam, 3rd April 2001.

Note: For two vases of very similar form, compare one included in the exhibition The Charles B. Hoyt Collection: Memorial Exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1952, cat. no. 349, and another sold in our London rooms, 6th July 1971, lot 64. 

For related vases with slightly different rims, see a smaller example with a more rounded everted lip, sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 28th November 2017, lot 2987. Compare also a vase with a flared mouth formerly in the collection of George Eumorfopoulos and now in the British Museum, London (acc. no. 1936,1012.26). Another with a straight lip from the Carl Kempe Collection was sold in our London rooms, 14th May 2008, lot 267, and again at Christie's Hong Kong, 25th November 2014, lot 3222.

The result of The Chinese University of Hong Kong thermoluminescence test no. 02150 is consistent with the dating of this lot.

Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, New York, 21 September 2021