Lot 3
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A SMALL DOUCAI 'DRAGON' WATERPOT YONGZHENG MARK AND PERIOD

Estimate
15,000 - 20,000 GBP
Sold
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Description

  • Ceramic
  • 4.6cm
the compressed globular body vibrantly painted with a pair of sinuous five-clawed dragons, one in underglaze blue and one in iron-red, in pursuit of 'flaming pearls' amongst scrolling clouds, all between a band of multi-coloured lotus petals at the shoulders and rolling green crested waves divided by blue craggy rocks encircling the countersunk base, the base inscribed in underglaze blue with a six-character mark

Provenance

Collection of P.J. Donnelly, pre-1970s, by repute.

Catalogue Note

Waterpots of this charming form and painted with dragons in the doucai palette include one sold in our London rooms, 12th May 1983, lot 215, and again at Christie’s London, 10th April 1984, lot 262; another sold at Christie’s London, 4th November 2008, lot 219; and a slightly larger one with cover, painted with a keyfret border under the mouth, illustrated in John Ayers, The Baur Collection, Geneva, 1974, vol. 4, pl. A572.

Similar jarlets were also produced in the succeeding Qianlong reign, such as one with cover illustrated in Toji taikei. Shin no Kanyou [World ceramics. Qing official kilns], vol. 46, Tokyo, 1973, pl. 79; and another sold at Christie’s Hong Kong, 27th May 2009, lot 1824.
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