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    Sale 7581

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Including Export Art

    13 May 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 232

    A RARE AND LARGE CELADON-GLAZED 'DRAGON' DISH

    UNDERGLAZE-BLUE YONGZHENG SIX-CHARACTER SEALMARK AND OF THE PERIOD (1723-1735)

    Price Realised  

    A RARE AND LARGE CELADON-GLAZED 'DRAGON' DISH
    UNDERGLAZE-BLUE YONGZHENG SIX-CHARACTER SEALMARK AND OF THE PERIOD (1723-1735)
    The centre moulded in shallow relief with a chilong leaping amid cloud scrolls, the exterior decorated with overlapping lotus petals below a flat everted rim, applied overall with an even sea-green glaze thinning to a paler tone on the highlights of the decoration, the footrim dressed with a dark brown slip
    19 in. (48 cm.) diam.


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    Similar examples to this large dish, one from the H. M. Knight and Jingguantang Collections, sold in our Hong Kong Rooms, 3 November 1996, lot 569; a slightly smaller example from the T. Y. Chao Family Foundation, exhibited at the Hong Kong Museum of Art, Ming and Ch'ing Porcelain, 1978, and illustrated in the Catalogue, no. 46; another smaller version from the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington D. C., illustrated by M. Beurdeley and G. Raindre, Qing Porcelain, London, 1987, p. 167, fig. 231; and another sold in our Hong Kong Rooms, 26 April 1999, lot 672.

    An element of archaistic interest is evident in the present dish in that the glaze resembles pale celadon Longquan glazes of the 12th and 13th Centuries. It is known that reproduction of Longquan glazes was indeed on Tang Ying's 'List of Porcelains Supplied to the Court' of 1729.

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