April 29, 02:50 AM GMT
45,000,000 - 65,000,000 HKD
An exceptional and possibly unique large blue and white ‘makara dragon' jar
Ming dynasty, Yongle period
sturdily potted with an ovoid body rising to a rounded shoulder and surmounted by a straight neck and lipped rim, the exterior superbly painted in shades of cobalt blue with a continuous scene of two makara dragons chasing each other, the winged mythical beasts rendered dynamically striding ahead with their three-clawed feet amidst ruyi cloud scrolls above crashing waves, their manes depicted fluttering backwards and their long curlicue tails trailing behind, the shoulder of the vessel collared with a frieze of ruyi lappets enclosing foliate motifs, below a band of roundels encircling the neck, the lower body skirted by overlapping upright lappets, the base unglazed
h. 24.4 cm, w. 29.8 cm
Sotheby's Hong Kong, 16th May 1989, lot 112.
Sotheby's Hong Kong – Twenty Years, Hong Kong, 1993, pl. 55.
Sotheby's Thirty Years in Hong Kong: 1973-2003, Hong Kong, 2003, pl. 211.