Song dynasty Ding bowl valued at $3.2m ahead of Christie's sale



2015-06-26 11:34:36

The Song dynasty Ding bowl features a unique design on the interior

A Ding floral-lobed bowl is among the highlights of Christie’s sale of Chinese porcelain produced during the Song dynasty.

The piece dates to the Northern Song period (960-1127), when the country was ruled from the city of Bianjing (now Kaifeng). It is expected to make $2m-3.2m.

The delicate design was produced using a knife and required an enormous degree of skill.

It consists of a lotus leaf interspersed with swimming ducks – an arrangement that has not been documented in any other Song ware.

Song dynasty bowls often achieve impressive figures at auction. Another Ding bowl, from the collection of Sakamoto Goro, made $18m at Sotheby’s Hong Kong in April this year. The world record was set by the Ruyao Washer, which made $26.7m at Sotheby’s New York in 2012.

A Confucius style lacquered qin (or guquin) is expected to make $907,308-1.1m.

The qin dates to AD 1111 - Image: Christie's

The instrument produces the zither-like sound associated with Chinese classical music and features a date that places it at AD 1111.

It is referred to as Confucian both in terms of its simple, Spartan shape and its historic association with philosophers and other learned men.

A similar qin sold for $21.9m in an auction in China in 2010 – making it the most valuable musical instrument ever sold.

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