• Important Chinese Ceramics and auction at Christies

    Sale 2731

    Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    1 December 2009, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1889

    A FINE AND VERY RARE LARGE UNDERGLAZE-BLUE 'DRAGON' CIRCULAR BOX AND COVER

    Price Realised  

    A FINE AND VERY RARE LARGE UNDERGLAZE-BLUE 'DRAGON' CIRCULAR BOX AND COVER
    QIANLONG SIX-CHARACTER SEALMARK AND OF THE PERIOD (1736-1795)

    Strongly potted, the box and cover are of compressed globular form, the top surface of the cover with a slightly domed circular medallion incised with a powerful full-faced five-claw dragon and a 'flaming pearl' amidst flame-scrolls, surrounded by underglaze-blue painted cloud scrolls, the curved sides with a pair of incised dragons striding through blue clouds, the design repeated on the side of the box above crashing waves and a classic scroll around the foot
    13 7/8 in. (35.3 cm.) diam., box


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    It is interesting to note the blue-tinged glaze has pooled in the carved lines of the design so that the details of the dragon are clearly visible. Although this box appears to be unique, it is reminiscent of the reverse-decorated dragon vases from the Yongzheng period. The closest comparison in style is a baluster vase with an incised dragon gambolling through underglaze-blue clouds, illustrated in Selected Porcelain of the Flourishing Qing Dynasty at the Palace Museum, Hong Kong, 1994, p. 163, pl. 7. A meiping with a moulded and incised dragon leaping through waves on a predominantly blue background is also in the Palace Museum, Beijing, and is illustrated in Kangxi Yongzheng Qianlong, Hong Kong, 1989, p. 178, pl. 7; cf. also pl. 23 for the copper-red version of this vase.

    Provenance

    Previously sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 1 November 2004, lot 861


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A DISTINGUISHED PRIVATE COLLECTOR