Northern Song/Jin Dynasty Elegantly decorated in the well with typically bold, mould-impressed floral designs, beside the copper-mounted rim. 30cm (11¾in) diam
Provenance: The Property of a Lady. This dish is from the collection of Arthur Lonsdale Hetherington (1881-1960), and thence by family descent.
A. L. Hetherington was born and raised in London. On completion of his studies at Trinity College, Cambridge he was employed in the newly formed Department of Scientific Development and Research. Towards the end of the First World War, he developed a fascination for Far Eastern ceramics, which became a real passion. He is one of the founders of the Oriental Ceramic Society, and he published several research articles on Chinese Art. Hetherington's academic opinions were taken seriously; the great R.L. Hobson, Keeper of Oriental Antiquities at The British Museum, even acknowledges Hetherington in the 1923 preface of 'The Wares of The Ming Dynasty' by concluding: '...and finally, to Mr.A.L. Hetherington for invaluable help with the proofs'. Many other references to Hetherington and his work are cited by Hobson throughout the book.
Hetherington's name is also recorded in 'Transactions of the Oriental Ceramic Society', vol. I, Oriental Ceramic Society, London, 1923, p.5, where his role as Secretary of the Society is also noted.
His publications include:
Hetherington, A. L, The Pottery and Porcelain Factories of China. Their Geographical Distribution and Periods of Activity, London, 1921.
Hetherington, A. L, The Early Ceramic Wares of China, London, 1924.
Hetherington, A. L, Chinese Ceramic Glazes,Cambridge, 1937.
Hetherington, A. L. intro: Celadon Wares, London, 1948, OCS Exhibition Catalogue.
Hetherington, A. L. intro: Monochrome Porcelain of the Ming and Manchu Dynasties, London, 1948, OCS Exhibition catalogue.