A FINE GREEN-ENAMELED 'DRAGON' JAR AND COVER, JIAQING SEAL MARK AND PERIOD
A FINE GREEN-ENAMELED 'DRAGON' JAR AND COVER
JIAQING SEAL MARK AND PERIOD
清嘉慶 綠彩趕珠雲龍紋蓋罐 《大清嘉慶年製》款
well potted with a tapering ovoid body rising from a recessed base to a rounded shoulder and a short neck, painted to the exterior in rich tones of green enamel with two striding five-clawed dragons in pursuit of 'Flaming Pearls' amidst cloud scrolls, all between a register of bajixiang encircling the shoulder and a border of lotus-lappet skirting the foot, the flat-topped cover decorated with a writhing dragon chasing a 'Flaming Pearl' and a ruyi border encircling the side, the base with a six-character seal mark in underglaze blue (2)
Height 8½ in., 21.5 cm
The jar and the cover are in good condition overall with only light wear as expected. The interior of the cover with a few faint and short glaze lines.
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Poniatowski Family Collection.
Imperial porcelain wares painted with vigorous dragons in green enamel against a white ground were first produced during the Chenghua period (r. 1465-87), and continued to be popular throughout the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing dynasties. While in the Ming period dragons were generally incised and reserved in the biscuit, and after the first firing enameled in green and black, in the Qing dynasty the dragons are invariably painted over a layer of transparent glaze.
A Jiaqing mark and period jar and cover of this type was sold in our London rooms, 18th June 1985, lot 165, and twice in our Hong Kong rooms, 18th May 1988, lot 290, and 5th November 1996, lot 929; another was sold at Christie’s Amsterdam, 17th May 1995, lot 348; and a third lacking the cover, from the Edward T. Chow Collection, was sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 19th May 1981, lot 538.
For the prototype of this form and design, compare a Qianlong mark and period jar and cover, in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, published in Enamelled Ware of the Ch’ing Dynasty, vol. II, Hong Kong, 1957, pl. 13.
The Poniatowskis were one of the most prominent families in Poland in the late 18th century and 19th centuries. In three generations, the family rose from the rank of gentry, to senator, to royalty when Stanislaw Poniatowski was elected King of Poland (r. 1764-1795).