A Dingyao carved lotus pattern lobed dish

北宋   定窯刻蓮花紋盤

The dish is finely potted with low everted sides springing from a wide central field. The rim is divided by shallow notches into six lobes. The interior is deftly carved overall using the “double knife” technique with a spray of lotus, with two blossoms and long curving stems. A fine glaze of translucent ivory colour is applied overall, including the exterior and the underside of the base, and in areas on the low square-cut footrim. The rim is bound with dark silvery metal.

Collection of Major Norman Railing
Bluett, 1963 

Collection of Mr and Mrs Jack Chia, 1980
Sotheby’s Hong Kong, 5th November 1996, lot 665
Sotheby’s Hong Kong, 31st May 2018, lot 388

“Song Ceramics”, Southeast Asian Ceramic 
Society, Singapore, 1983, no. 67.
Priestley & Ferraro, 'Chinese and Korean Ceramics and Works of Art', November 2018, cat. no. 5

Dishes of this type are well represented in museum collections around the world, but few have been recovered in an archaeological context. For a slightly larger dish of similar shape and design unearthed in Zhuanglang county, Gansu, dated to the Song dynasty, and now in the Zhuanglang Museum, see Complete Collection of Ceramic Art Unearthed in China, vol. 16, no. 16.


Dimensions: Diameter: 18.1 cm, 7 ⅛ inches

Date: Northern Song dynasty (960-1127)

Stock No. 2255

Price: On Request