NORTHERN SONG or JIN c.12th Century. Ding Ware

A Fine Ding Ware Dish, Northern Song or Jin c.12th Century. The Crisply Moulded Small Dish has a Design of Melons and Radiating Petal.


Diameter : 10 cm (4 inches)
The Carl Kempe Collection of Early Chinese Ceramics. Label to base. Johan Carl Kempe (8 December 1884 – 8 July 1967) was one of the greatest collectors of Early Chinese Ceramics, his main areas of interest were early Chinese monochrome Stoneware and Porcelain, until recently the most of the collection was displayed in the Ulrichamn Museum of Asian Art. The Ulricehamn East Asian Museum, Sweden.
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Chinese Ceramics in the Carl Kempe Collection (Bo Gyllensvard, Almqvist & Wiksell, 1964) page 144 plate 462. Described as Ting Yao Sung Dynasty (Song dynasty).



Production of Ding ware began late in the Tang dynasty in Quyang county, Hebei province and was closely associated with Xing ware. During the Five Dynasties (906-960) Ding ware developed into its own distinct style and by the Northern Song dynasty the Ding kilns were producing some of the most successful porcelains in China. Ding ware is characterized by its ivory coloured body, clear honey-brown glaze, copper bound rim, and “tear drops” which run down the outside of its wares. Decoration of Northern Song Ding ware was typified by elegant hand carved and incised designs with combed detailing; this contrasts with Southern Song Ding ware which tended to display densely moulded motifs. Due to Ding’s popularity many kilns produced their own version of the wares which are termed Ding-type wares; however, these wares differ in refinement of body and craftsmanship to those produced at the Ding kilns. (For more information see the History Section)