Chinese Song Dynasty Ding Ware Bowl:
The bowl has a shallow body, raised on footed base. The central interior carved in shallow relief depicted incised leaf pedals. All reserved in pale-creme underglazed. Small firing flaw in bottom of bowl as made. The potter rim left unglazed with a copper mount.
Ding (Wade Giles: Ting) ware was produced in Ding Xian (modern Chu-yang), Hebei Province, slightly south-west of Beijing. Already in production when the Song emperors came to power in 940, Ding ware was the finest porcelain produced in northern China at the time, and was the first to enter the palace for official imperial use. Its paste is white, generally covered with an almost transparent glaze that dripped and collected in "tears", (though some Ding ware was glazed a monochrome black or brown, white was the much more common type). Overall, the Ding aesthetic relied more on its elegant shape than ostentatious decoration; designs were understated, either incised or stamped into the clay prior to glazing. Due to the way the dishes were stacked in the kiln, the edged remained unglazed, and had to be rimmed in metal such as gold or silver when used as tableware. Some hundred years later, a Southern Song era writer commented that it was this defect that led to its demise as favored imperial ware.
8 3/4" X 1 3/4"
$100 - $200
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