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A Rare Northern Sung Black Lacquered Dish

Northern Sung (960-1127)

Lacquer on Wooden Core, Metal Rim


15.3cm x 3cm

The dish is delicately constructed in shallow circular form elegantly flaring at an angle from a flat circular base, all supported on a short footing, lacquered overall with a lustrous brownish-black lacquer, the rim encircled with metal.

A dish of this type and size was included in the exhibition: The Colors and Forms of Song and Yuan China, featuring Lacquerwares, Ceramics and Metalwares, Nezu Institute of Fine Arts, Tokyo, 2004, cat. no. 16; and another was sold at Christie’s London, 9th June 1975, lot 141.

Compare Ding dishes of this attractive angular shape, such as a white-glazed example in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in Selection of Ding Ware. The Palace Museum’s Collection and Archaeological Excavation, Beijing, 2012, pl. 51 and another from the collection of John Henry Levy, sold in our London rooms, 8th July 1975, lot 72.