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- Previous Owner(s)
Alice Boney 1901 - 1988
Plate with design of mandarin ducks, lotuses, and other aquatic plants raised in low relief. Border of foliate patterns on sloping edge. Rim unglazed with brass binding. No spur marks.
Body: probably dense white, completely covered.
Glaze: uniform creamy white.
During the Jin dynasty, molded decoration became the most popular means for embellishing Ding ware, which in earlier periods often bore designs carved by hand. Molds advanced ceramic technology by allowing large numbers of nearly identical dishes to be produced without sacrificing the quality of the intricate design. This dish portrays a duck swimming in a lotus pond toward its mate on the shore. The design is a standard metaphor for marital harmony, as Mandarin ducks mate for life.
- Published References
- Grace Dunham Guest Archibald Gibson Wenley. Annotated Outlines of the History of Chinese Arts. Washington, 1949. p. 9.
- Robert Hatfield Ellsworth’s DISCOVERY. Lexington, MA. p. 38, fig. 19.
- Collection Area(s)
- Chinese Art
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