A rare carved Dingyao 'chilong' dish Song dynasty | 宋 定窰白釉刻螭龍牡丹紋盤
A rare carved Dingyao 'chilong' dish
with shallow rounded sides resting on a low short foot, the interior crisply carved with a chilong curled to form a medallion encircled by lotus and peony sprays, the rim bound in metal
There are flakes to the footring, possibily original to the firing, with an approx. 0.2 cm area of infill/residue. The dish is otherwise in good condition with expected firing imperfections.
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Collection of Mrs Lily H. Yu.
Sotheby’s London, 13th/14th November 1972, lot 320.
Sotheby’s London, 8th July 1974, lot 136.
Sotheby’s London, 12th December 1978, lot 357.
Sotheby’s New York, 15th June 1983, lot 216.
The Breitbart Collection.
Sotheby’s New York, 16th September 2014, lot 104.
Lily H. Yu 夫人收藏
Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona, on loan, 2007-2008.
This superbly carved Dingyao dish with delicate ivory-coloured glaze is notable for its skilfully carved decoration. The flowing lines successfully capture the spirit and grace of the flowers and dynamism of the chilong, like brush strokes in contemporary ink painting, while accentuating the refined quality of the porcelain body.
See a Dingyao dish similarly carved with a dragon surrounded by flowers from the Qing court collection, included in Decorated Porcelains of Dingzhou. White Ding wares from the collection of the National Palace Museum, Taipei, 2014, cat. no. II-70. Compare also a slightly larger dish sold at Christie's New York, 18th/19th September 2014, lot 732.