3683
3683

PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN

A FINE AND RARE BLUE AND WHITE 'DRAGON' TAZZA
MARK AND PERIOD OF YONGZHENG
Estimation
1 500 0002 000 000
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3683

PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN

A FINE AND RARE BLUE AND WHITE 'DRAGON' TAZZA
MARK AND PERIOD OF YONGZHENG
Estimation
1 500 0002 000 000
ACCÉDER AU LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Important Chinese Art

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Hong Kong

A FINE AND RARE BLUE AND WHITE 'DRAGON' TAZZA
MARK AND PERIOD OF YONGZHENG
of circular form with shallow slightly rounded sides supported on a tall splayed hollow foot, painted around the sides with a frieze of interlinked foliate strapwork within line borders, the foot superbly decorated in shaded tones of cobalt blue with a five-clawed dragon depicted striding in pursuit of the flaming pearl above waves crashing on jagged rockwork, the interior of the stem inscribed with a horizontal six-character reign mark
22.5 cm., 8 7/8  in.
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Provenance

Sotheby's Hong Kong, 16th May 1989, lot 249.

Description

Blue and white tazza of this powerful auspicious design, painted with a five-clawed dragon emblematic of the emperor, are frequently found in the Kangxi and Qianlong period, but it is extremely rare to find one with a Yongzheng reign mark. This appears to be the only recorded example. 

For Kangxi reign-marked examples, see the tazza in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, included in the Illustrated Catalogue of Ch'ing Dynasty Porcelain in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, vol. 1, 1980, pl. 15, and an example offered in these rooms, 2nd May 1995, lot 60. For Qianlong reign-marked examples, see one illustrated in Beauty of Ceramics, vol.3: Blue and White Porcelain, Taipei, 1993, pl. 153, and an example sold in our New York rooms, 22nd March 1999, lot 395.

Important Chinese Art

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Hong Kong