The characteristics of the principal dragon on this vase — with its exceedingly long serpentine body, the minimal treatment of the face and mane in comparison to the richly detailed body, and its overall sense of movement — compare closely to a Kangxi mark and period copper-red-decorated 'dragon' meiping sold first in our London rooms, 1st-2nd April 1974, lot 364, and then in our Hong Kong rooms, 20th May 1981, lot 774. A second meiping of this type, attributed to the 18th century, sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 29th November 1977, lot 196. See also an early Kangxi period precedent for a 'dragon' sleeve vase decorated entirely in underglaze red in the collection of Michael Butler, exhibited in Chinese Porcelain: The Transitional Period, 1620-1683, A Selection from the Michael Butler Collection, Princesshof Museum, the Netherlands, 1986, cat. no. 120.
Collection of Jean Lavigne. Jean Lavigne was a fine art publisher in Paris, who is best known for printing and publishing 'La Conquette du Cosmos II' by Salvador Dali in 1974.