The dragon on the present piece has been rendered in a Ming style, and its placement against a plain white ground, sometimes interspersed with clouds or scrolls, appears to have been a motif that gained popularity from its inception in the Xuande period; for example see a meiping, with a Xuande reign mark and of the period, included in the exhibition Imperial Porcelain of the Yongle and Xuande Periods Excavated from the Site of the Ming Imperial Factory at Jingdezhen, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1989, cat. no. 88. Later designs that were probably inspired by the Xuande original include two related Wanli mark and period meiping, in the Shanghai Museum, Shanghai, illustrated in Lu Minghua, Mingdai guanyo ciqi [Ming imperial porcelain], Shanghai, 2007, pls 3-97 and 3-98; another was sold in our London rooms, 13th May 2015, lot 118; and an ovoid jar with cover, with a Kangxi mark and of the period, in the Palace Museum, Beijing, published in Gugong Bowuyuan cang Qingdai yuyao ciqi [Porcelains from the Qing dynasty imperial kilns in the Palace Museum collection], vol. 1, pt. I, Beijing, 2005, pl. 45.
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