Chinese Dingyao basin expected to reach $7.7m in Sotheby's Spring Sales



2015-06-26 11:33:24

The Chinese Dingyao basin, known as the Clark Ding, comes from Sakamoto Goro

A majestic Dingyao basin known as the “Clark Ding” will highlight Sotheby’s Hong Kong Spring Sales 2014, taking place on April 8.

The exquisite basin dates to the Northern Song dynasty (960-1127) and is one of the last of its kind remaining in private hands, with comparable examples rarely seen. It is valued at more than $7.7m.

Ding ware is the term given to porcelain produced in the prefecture of Dingzhou, famed for its ivory white colour.

Originally produced between the late Tang (618-907) and Later Jin (936-947) dynasties, it had already become popular by the Song dynasty, and is said to have inspired the early porcelain of Jingdezhen – the capital of ceramic production in China for more than 1,700 years.

The bowl has come to auction from the illustrious collection of Sakamoto Goro, which is sure to boost its appeal with collectors. Japanese Goro is one of the foremost Chinese antique dealers, collectors and connoisseurs, with his career spanning more than 70 years.

Much of his collection has already been donated to renowned institutions, such as the Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo’s Hatakeyama Memorial Museum of Fine Art and the British Museum.

The bowl was previously housed in the renowned collection of Alfred and Ivy Clark and has featured in some of the world’s most important exhibitions, but has not been seen in public since 1971.

“The Clark dingyao basin undoubtedly ranks among the very finest Song wares ever to come to the market and is perhaps the finest piece extant from this celebrated kiln,” commented Sotheby’s international head of Chinese ceramics, Nicholas Chow.

“Sakamoto Goro, the legendary Japanese dealer, purchased it at Sotheby’s in London in 1971 and has cherished it for the last 40 some years. It is an extraordinary privilege for Sotheby's to handle again the sale of this Song dynasty masterpiece.”

More from Goro’s remarkable collection will feature at Asia Week New York (March 14-22), with an archaic bronze owl vessel set to star at $4m.

Find the most exciting consignments in Asia Week’s auctions here.

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