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Guide to Early Chinese Ceramics

Ting Ware
11th - 15th Centuries

The white wares from the Ting kilns in Ch'u-yang County, Hopei Province reached their high point during the eleventh century. The best known of the Sung dynasty white wares, this type featured mold-impressed and incised floral designs on high-fired, grey-bodied ware covered over with ivory-white slips and clear glazes.

Numerous kilns in the North and South imitated Ting ware. The Ting potters developed a new technique of stacking vessels during firing to increase output and avoid warping. Ting bowls were usually fired on their unglazed mouth requiring their bare rims to be capped with metal bands.

Ting ware is among the most refined of Sung wares. These subtle, beautifully potted, vessels can be plain or decorated with free-flowing hand carved design as well as intricate mold-impressed decoration. There is literary evidence that Ting ware was among those ceramics supplied to the Northern Sung (960-1127) court.


Gourd-Shaped Vase

Dish with Foliated Rim


Cup with Handle
Cup with Handle