A rare Dingyao incised ‘Daylily’ deep bowl, Northern Song dynasty, 11th-12th century. Photo Christie’s Image Ltd 2014
The bowl is finely potted with deep, rounded sides rising from a flat base to a lipped rim. The interior is freely carved with daylily blossoms borne on graceful, leafy stems, and the bowl is covered inside and out with a transparent ivory glaze stopping at the unglazed mouth rim to reveal the fine, white body. 5 3/8 in. (13.7 cm.) diam., wood box. Estimate $220,000 – $300,000. Price Realized $245,000
Provenance: Baron Fujita Family Collection, Japan, acquired in the early 20th century.
The present bowl is exceptionally well carved with freely rendered daylilies. Compare to several Ding vessels bearing this design, including a basin of larger size from the National Palace Museum, Taipei, illustrated in Catalogue of the Special Exhibition of Ting Ware White Porcelain, Taipei, 1987, no. 28; a conical bowl from the Linyushanren Collection, included in The Classic Age of Chinese Ceramics: An Exhibition of Song Treasures from the Linyushanren Collection, Hong Kong, 2012, no. 1; and a larger basin, also from the Linyushanren Collection, ibid., no. 9.
Christie’s. FINE CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART, 18 – 19 September 2014, New York, Rockefeller Plaza.