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Ding porcelain dish, with eight lobes and copper-bound mouth rim. White. There are two moulded peacocks, an ornamental rock and peonies in the centre, with flower scrolls on each interior panel and a band of key-fret on the rim.
- Made in: Quyang (county)
- (Asia,China,Hebei (province),Quyang)
- Height: 25 millimetres
- Diameter: 215 millimetres
Published PDF date : 13thCRoom 95 label text:
Lobed dish with peacocks and peonies in a rockery
From the mid-eleventh century, potters used reusable, intricately-carved, intaglio moulds which sped up the production process. Ding potters continued making ceramics with incised designs but during the foreign Jin (AD 1115–1234) and Yuan dynasties (AD1279–1368) impressed designs were most common. Kiln supervisors enlarged the volume of production further by introducing saggars (clay fire boxes) with stepped sides, so that the kilns could fire more wares at a time, stacking them on their rims one above another in increasing sizes.
Stoneware with moulded decoration, transparent glaze and copper rim mount
Quyang county, Hebei province 河北省, 曲陽縣
Northern Song to Jin dynasty, about AD 960–1234
R. L. Hobson, 1934 records: From the W. C. Alexander Collection. Purchased by Sir Percival David from Bluett & Sons on 7th May 1931. Listed in Bluett & Sons Sales Day Book (SDB) vol. 13, p.317, Lot 16. £160. Purchased by Bluett's at Sotheby's 6th May 1931 - William Cleverly Alexander Sale.
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Object reference number: RRC38579
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