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A FINE INCISED DING WARE LOTUS BOWL
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A FINE INCISED DING WARE LOTUS BOWL

NORTHERN SONG DYNASTY (960-1127)

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A FINE INCISED DING WARE LOTUS BOWL
NORTHERN SONG DYNASTY (960-1127)
The bowl is potted with a slightly everted rim and steep rounded walls rising from a waisted recessed base, and the interior freely carved with meandering lotus blossoms, all under a transparent ivory-white glaze pooling in the recesses. The rim is bound in metal.
6 3/4 in. (17 cm.) diam.
Provenance
Yamanaka & Co. Ltd., London, X249
Carl Kempe Collection
Sold at Sotheby's London, 14 May 2008, lot 253
Literature
Hsing-Yao and Ting-Yao, The Bulletin of Far Eastern Antiquities, no. 25, 1953, Stockholm, 1953, pls. 77, 78, fig. 67
Jan Wirgin, Sung Ceramic Designs, Stockholm, 1970, pl. 62a
Bo Gyllensvard, Chinese Ceramics in the Carl Kempe Collection, Stockholm, 1964, pl. 411
Mary Tregear, Song Ceramics, London, 1982, pl. 35
Chinese Ceramics in the Carl Kempe Collection, The Museum of Art and Far Eastern Antiquities in Ulricehamn, Ulricehamn, 2002, pl. 613
Exhibited
Palazzo Ducale, Venice, Exhibition of Chinese Art, 1954, no. 534
Asia House Gallery, Chinese Gold, Silver and Porcelain. The Kempe Collection, New York, 1971, cat. no. 106, an exhibition touring the United States and shown also at nine other museums

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This is a classic example of the kind of fine Ding ware that found favour with the Northern Song elite. Ding-type bowls of larger size with freely incised lotus sprays and combed details are found in both the Palace Museum in Beijing and National Palace Museum, Taipei. Two from the Qing Court Collection are illustrated in Porcelain of the Song Dynasty, The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Hong Kong, 1996, pls. 47 and 55; two in the National Palace Museum Collection in Taipei are illustrated in Catalogue of the Special Exhibition of Ting Ware White Porcelain, Taipei, 1987, pls.28 and 29. Another of large size in the Ataka Collection is illustrated in Toji Taikei, vol. 37, pl. 78; one in the Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka, was included in the exhibition White Porcelain of Ding Yao, Nezu Institute of Fine Arts, Tokyo, 1983, Catalogue no. 118, the Nezu Institute of Fine Arts exhibition also featured bowls with similar lotus designs on the interior and plain exterior, ibid., Catalogue nos. 119-121; a related bowl is illustrated in Selected Chinese Ceramics from the Han to Qing Dynasties, Chang Foundation, Taipei, 1990, pl. 23.

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