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    Sale 1976

    Fine Chinese Ceramics And Works Of Art

    19 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 529

    A DINGYAO CARVED BOWL

    NORTHERN SONG DYNASTY, 11TH-12TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A DINGYAO CARVED BOWL
    NORTHERN SONG DYNASTY, 11TH-12TH CENTURY
    The deep, well-potted sides flaring towards the unglazed rim and fluidly carved on the exterior with two graceful lotus sprays, covered inside and out with a glaze of ivory tone gathering in pale olive-toned tears on the exterior, the inside of the foot and base also glazed
    6 1/8 in. (15.5 cm.) diam., box


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    It was a common practice of the potters at the Ding kilns in Hebei province to fire their bowls and dishes upside down in order to prevent warping of the thin walls. This method necessitated that the rims be wiped clean of glaze to avoid adhesion to the kiln structure. After firing, the unglazed rims were then banded with gold, silver or copper. Not only did these bands conceal the unglazed rims, they also aided in the prevention of chipping of these expensive and luxurious wares.

    A Dingyao bowl of slightly different form, but similarly carved with lotus sprays on the exterior, is illustrated by M. Tregear, Song Ceramics, New York, 1982, p. 57, no. 35. Compare, also, the similar bowl illustrated in Zhongguo taoci daxi, Song Yuan taoci daquan, Taipei, 1988, p. 145, and another comparable example from the Falk Collection, sold in these rooms, 20 September 2001, lot 54.

    Provenance

    Mount Trust Collection.
    Ralph M. Chait Gallery, New York.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A NEW YORK COLLECTION


    Exhibited

    London, Victoria & Albert Museum, Arts of the Sung, O.C.S., January - March 1970, no. 56.