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Title

Dish


Artist

Ding ware

China


About

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.


Details


Other Title

Ding ware dish with design of lotus


Place where the work was made

Hebei Province China


Date

early 12th century


Media category

Ceramic


Materials used

porcelain with underglaze carved design, rim bound with copper


Dimensions

4.3 x 19.7 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Bequest of Kenneth Myer 1993


Accession number

581.1993


Artist information

Ding ware

Works in the collection

3


Place

Where the work was made
Hebei Province

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Early Ceramics', Sydney, 2003, 104 (colour illus.).