The first of the classic wares to receive the patronage of the Northern Song court, Ding ware is distinguished by its thin white body, its warm, ivory-coloured glaze and the fluent beauty of its carved and incised decoration. The glaze has a tendency to pool in drops that Chinese poets have eloquently described as 'tear drops'. The Ding kilns are credited with several innovations in ceramic technology, including the method of firing upside-down (called 'fushao'), which stopped the thinly potted, larger dishes from warping but also necessitated the application of a copper band to the unglazed rim. So subtle is the design on Ding ware that photographs still cannot do justice to the fluent beauty of its carved designs and the sensuous tactility of its glaze.
'Ding ware', The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.104.
Ding ware dish with design of lotus
early 12th century
porcelain with underglaze carved design, rim bound with copper
4.3 x 19.7 cm
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Bequest of Kenneth Myer 1993
Not on display
Where the work was made
Shown in 2 exhibitions
Referenced in 1 publication
Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Early Ceramics', Sydney, 2003, 104 (colour illus.).