Height: 3 inches, 7.3 cm
Diameter: 5 inches, 12.6 cm


Ding-type brown-glazed bowl stand

China, Northern Song dynasty, 960-1127

A finely potted Ding-type brown-glazed bowl stand, supported on a high foot, rising to saucer of shallow form with slightly curved sides, set in the center with an alms-bowl-shaped receptacle with steep rounded sides and gently incurved mouth rim. The inside and outside are applied with a rich russet glaze transmuting to a ‘hare fur’ pattern in the interior of the saucer. There are glaze drops and wiped areas around the hollow splayed foot, the inside left unglazed revealing the off-white body.

The present bowl stand was most likely produced by the Ding kilns. Highly successful during the Song dynasty for their white-glazed ceramics, these kilns also produced, although more rarely, black, brown, and persimmon wares imitating lacquer wares. As such, the shape and hue of the present bowl stand highly resemble lacquer stands from the same period.[1] A related example is illustrated in the exhibition catalogue Collectors, Curators, Connoisseurs: A Century of the Oriental Ceramic Society, 1921-2021.[2] Another bowl stand with matching bowl is in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, accession number C.603&A-1918.

Christie’s New York, 18 March 2016, lot 1525

  1. Krahl, R., Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, London 1994, vol. 1, p 203
  2. The Oriental Ceramic Society, Collectors, Curators, Connoisseurs: A Century of the Oriental Ceramic Society, 1921.2021, edited by Sarah Wong and Stacey Pierson, London 2021, pl. 57, p. 182