Underglaze red ceramics decorated with linear drawings are rare, and the present vase represents the great technical advances that allowed for this delicate style of rendering. No other related example appears to have been published; compare a Qianlong vase, with a reign mark and of the period, of ovoid form and with a tall trumpet neck, similarly decorated with a dragon amidst ruyi clouds above crashing waves and a ruyi-head encircled mouth, in the Qing Court collection and still in Beijing, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum. Blue and White Porcelain with Underglaze Red (III), Hong Kong, 2000, pl. 174. For a depressed globular vase with a tall cylindrical neck painted with two linear dragons among scattered clouds, see one sold in these rooms, 16th November 1973, lot 157.
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