Chinese collection

Item LL 6628
detail showing fish of item LL 6628

Accession no: LL 6628
Object type: Ceramic
Name: Plate
Materials: Porcelain with creamy-white glaze and copper rim-band
Place made: Hebei province, China
Date made: Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127 AD)
Measurements: D. 30.8 cm, H. 5.9 cm

Description: Plate, with upside-down firing and mould-impressed decoration, the whole of the design in raised motifs: the centre, enclosed in a key pattern circle, composed of two carps rising in the water; the remainder of peonies, all within a bold triple-lining. Rim bound with copper rim-band.

As moulding became popular in representing fish on ding ware (made in Dingzhou) in the late Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127 AD), the size of the fish became smaller, as compared with early carved examples, in which the motif occupied the well and the side of the bowl.

Purchased by the Trustees from John Sparks, Ltd., 1929, £185, for the Lady Lever Art Gallery. Inventory file No. LC 20.