A pair of yellow-ground green-enameled 'dragon' dishes, Seal marks and period of Qianlong | 清乾隆 黃地綠彩趕珠龍紋花口小盤一對 《大清乾隆年製》款
Important Chinese Art from the Collection of Bruce Dayton and Ruth Stricker Dayton
A pair of yellow-ground green-enameled 'dragon' dishes
Seal marks and period of Qianlong
清乾隆 黃地綠彩趕珠龍紋花口小盤一對 《大清乾隆年製》款
each with shallow curved sides rising from a tapered foot to a scalloped rim, the interior decorated with a central medallion enclosing an incised and green-enameled frontal five-clawed dragon, the cavetto further enameled with two striding dragons each chasing a 'flaming pearl' amidst floral sprays, the exterior with eight floral sprays, the rim and foot outlined in black enamel, the white base inscribed with a six-character seal mark (2)
Diameter 5 in., 12.7 cm
One dish with a hairline crack measuring approx. 4.4 cm at nine o'clock. The other with a hairline crack measuring 1.9 cm.
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Sotheby's New York, 22nd March 2001, lot 126.
For similar dishes of this design, compare one included in the exhibition Splendour of the Qing Dynasty, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1992, cat. no. 155, and another exhibited in Ch’ing Porcelain From the Wah Kwong Collection, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 1973, cat. no. 41. Examples at auction include a pair sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 3rd October 2018, lot 3650, and two sold in these rooms, 18th-19th March 2014, lots 437 and 438.
A Kangxi mark and period prototype is published in Wang Qingzheng, Kangxi Porcelain Wares from the Shanghai Museum Collection, Shanghai, 1998, pl. 199.