A rare Dingyao 'chrysanthemum-head' moulded dish Northern Song/Jin Dynasty

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Lot 159
A rare Dingyao 'chrysanthemum-head' moulded dish
Northern Song/Jin Dynasty

Sold for HK$ 600,000 (US$ 76,910) inc. premium
A rare Dingyao 'chrysanthemum-head' moulded dish
Northern Song/Jin Dynasty
The shallow dish moulded with a foliate rim above radiating petals on the sides, crisply decorated on the centre with a pair of cranes by a turtle amidst bamboo and rockwork, covered overall in an even pale ivory glaze.
14.5cm diam.

Footnotes

  • 北宋/金 定窯白釉印花龜鶴齊齡圖百褶盤

    By the late Northern Song period, Dingyao craftsmen utilised moulds to neatly produce the vessel shapes while simultaneously impressing the decoration. The use of such moulds achieved greater production efficiency which allowed craftsmen to meet increasing market demand.

    The moulds used were meticulously crafted and similar to those used to cast decoration on gold and silver works of art. Typically Dingyao moulded decoration included chrysanthemum-petal shapes, such as seen on the present lot, flying birds like ducks, fowl and crane, composite leafy floral motifs, dragons and fishes. The decoration with cranes is rare and particularly auspicious, with cranes being a symbol of immortality due to the ancient Chinese belief that cranes live for a thousand years.

    Several examples of Dingyao dishes with similar form and decoration can be found in the National Palace Museum, Taipei: see Decorated Porcelains of Dingzhou, White Ding wares from the Collection of the National Palace Museum, Taipei, 2013, pp.201-202 and 204-209 nos.II-136,II-137 and II-139 - II-144. A large Dingyao dish with a similar rim with chrysanthemum-petal-shaped walls, but decorated with floral motifs, in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, is illustrated by Rose Kerr in Song Dynasty Ceramics, London, 2004, p.49, no.44. Another larger Dingyao chrysanthemum dish, crisply moulded on the interior with a pair of peacocks, was sold at Christie's New York, 24 March 2004, lot 150.

    折沿敞口淺盤,平底卧足。盤緣作四十九瓣花口,口緣立短唇,折緣上印雙重花瓣紋,開光內印雙鶴及靈龜,三者互相交流,並以竹石紋為背景,甚有畫意。通體施白釉,釉色米白,花口邊無釉,整體感覺高雅。

    此種折沿盤以十個褶曲為飾,故稱百褶盤。台北國立故宮博物院藏多件定窯印花百褶盤,見蔡玫芬主編:《定州花瓷:院藏定系白瓷特展》,台北,2013年,頁201-202及204-209,圖版 II-136,II-137,II-139至II-144。其造形與本拍品同近,器形較大,開光以人物花鳥為飾。其他博物館之例子,可參考英國維多利亞及阿伯特博物館之藏品,見Rose Kerr,《Song Dynasty Ceramics》,倫敦,2004年,頁49,圖版44。及紐約佳士得,2004年3月24日,拍品編號150。
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A rare Dingyao 'chrysanthemum-head' moulded dish Northern Song/Jin Dynasty
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