31. R1075



Chinese ceramic Ding ware cream glazed dish, pan, with flat base, short inverted foot and gently rounded sides, carved with a single lotus flower spray on a branch with leaves fitting neatly in the well with an incised outline, the flower and leaves with double and single outlines creating a three-dimensional effect, covered overall in a pale cream glaze gently pooling above the foot and creating a tear mark, the rim bound in copper.

4 7/8 inches, 12.3 cm diameter.

Northern Song – Jin dynasty, Ding kilns, Hebei Province, 11th – 12th century.


Provenance & Additional Information

  • From the collection of a Scandinavian lady.
  • Sold by Christie’s London in their auction of Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Including Export Art, 11th November 2003, lot 14, p.12.
  • From the collection of Harley Preston.
  • Published by Marchant in their exhibition of Chinese Ceramics Tang to Song, 2022, no. 31, pp. 86-87.
  • A similar dish of this form and design is illustrated by Regina Krahl in Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, Volume One, no. 358, p. 204, where the author notes, “For a similar dish from a tomb whose owner died between AD 1153 and AD 1160, see Wenwu, 1988, no. 7, p. 62, fig. 16 (5)”; Krahl also illustrates a similarly carved bowl, no. 361, pp. 204/5; a similar set of five are included in The Illustrated Catalogue of the Tokyo National Museum, Chinese Ceramics, no. 200, p. 49; and a pair were included by Eskenazi in their inaugural exhibition, Early Chinese ceramics and works of art, 1972, no. 52, pp. 80/1.
  • Another bowl of this design from the collection of The Honourable Justice Robert Tang Kwok-ching, SBS, The Xiwenguozhai Collection, was included by Marchant in their exhibition of Chinese Ceramics Han to Song, 2018, no. 13, pp. 48/9.


Overall excellent condition, one minute foot nick, some natural firing imperfections original to the manufacture such as two very small brown spots on the front and a few very minor firing flaws.