This cup is notable for its confidently carved design on the interior, which accentuates the creamy white glaze. A cup of this type, recovered at the Dingzhou kiln site in Quyang, and now held at the Cultural Relics Institute, Hebei Province, is illustrated in Selection of Ding Ware. The Palace Museum’s Collection and Archaeological Excavation, Beijing, 2012, pl. 109; two were sold in our London rooms, the first from the Lindberg collection, 12th December 1978, lot 119, and the second from the collection of Carl Kempe, 14th May 2008, lot 244; and a slightly larger example in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, was included in the Special Exhibition of Ting Ware White Porcelain, Taipei, 1987, cat. no. 59.