Song dynasty ding bowl achieves 12% increase on estimate
The Song dynasty ding bowl features carved lobes and elaborate interior patterns
A rare Northern Song dynasty (960-1127) Ding floral-lobed shallow bowl made $3.6m at Christie’s Hong Kong on May 2 – a 12.4% increase on a $3.2m estimate.
The piece was the headline lot of “The Sound of Jade and the Shadow of a Chrysanthemum”, a sale of early Chinese porcelain.
The piece is described as being among the finest examples of the Ding ware (prized for its subtle off-white colouring) produced during the Song dynasty, with the delicately carved lobes and interior patterns crafted by hand.
Also appearing in the auction was a Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279) Guan chrysanthemum dish covered with a celadon glaze and featuring 15 inlaid petals.
It sold for an impressive $3.3m.
A large Northern Song dynasty bowl with elaborate detailing of fish and lilies made $2.7m,
During the Asia Week sales in April this year the Clark Ding bowl, an exemplary example from the collection of Sakamoto Goro, made $18.9m at Sotheby’s New York - indicating the regard with which collectors hold pottery from this era.
The sales also set a new world record for Chinese porcelain at auction, with a Meiyintang “Chicken cup” setting a new world record of $36.2m for a Chinese artwork.
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