Lot 209
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A LARGE BLUE AND WHITE 'DRAGON' DISH MING DYNASTY, LATE 15TH/EARLY 16TH CENTURY

Estimate
30,000 - 40,000 GBP
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Description

  • porcelain
sturdily potted with rounded sides rising from a tapered foot to a wide and everted rim, the interior freely painted with a central medallion enclosing a sinuous coiled dragon (xiangcaolong) grasping a lotus spray in its mouth, all surrounded by a ruyi band and three further dragons pacing along the well with lotus sprays in their mouths, the rim encircled by a classic scroll, the decoration repeated on the exterior

Provenance

A Portuguese Private Collection.

Catalogue Note

A dish of equally large size and painted with a similarly rendered dragon in the centre and well, but of rounded form, was sold at Christie’s London, 10th May 2011, lot 257. Dragons with scrolling foliage bodies as seen on the present piece were adapted from designs from late Chenghua period imperial quality porcelain; for example see a Chenghua stemcup in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, included in the exhibition Ming Chenghua ciqi tezhan, National Palace Museum, Taipei, 1976, cat. no. 72.
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