Dingyao Dish with Incised Twin Fish

Northern Song Dynasty, 960-1127 AD, China

Diameter: 19cm

A foliate-form porcelaineous stoneware plate with six sections separated by raised ridges, and the six petaled rim has an old metal binding.  The interior center has an exuberantly carved depiction of two fish swimming in tandem among waves.  The entire piece is covered with a translucent ivory colored glaze that pools to a taupe color, typical of Ding ware pieces of the period.  The neatly molded foot-rim is also glazed. 

A similar example from the National Palace Museum in Taipei and published in their 2014 publication “Decorated Porcelains of Dingzhou” pg. 82.  Another is illustrated in Jan Wirgin’s “Sung Ceramic Design” fig. 34 (6).


Sotheby Parke Bernet London, July 8/9, 1974, lot 137.  

Sotheby Parke Bernet Hong Kong, May 23, 1978, lot 14.

Private Japanese Collection