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Updated: 14 April 2015
Ding porcelain bowl, with a lobed, copper-bound mouth rim. Creamy white. There are two ducks amongst reeds, lotus and waves on the interior.
- Made in: Quyang (county)
- (Asia,China,Hebei (province),Quyang)
- Height: 89 millimetres
- Diameter: 235 millimetres
Published PDF date : 12thCRoom 95 label text:
Bowl with mandarin ducks
Pairs of mandarin ducks, as seen on this dish are an emblem of marital bliss. Craftsmen used sheet copper and occasionally gold or silver, cut to size and heated to fit the rims to hide this flaw. Historical accounts suggest that dressing the rim with metal actually enhanced the status of the clay vessel.
Stoneware with carved, incised decoration, transparent glaze and copper rim mount
Quyang county, Hebei province 河北省, 曲陽縣
Song dynasty, about AD 1100–1200
Medley 1980 records: From the Eumorfopoulos Collection (16 & B41) via Bluett £260. Purchased by Sir Percival David from Bluett & Sons on 29th May 1940. Listed in Bluett & Sons Sales Day Book (SDB) vol. 17, p.264, Lot 126. £260. Purchased by Bluett's at Sotheby's, George Eumorfopoulos Sale.
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Object reference number: RRC38610
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