• Fine Chinese Ceramics and Work auction at Christies

    Sale 7762

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    3 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 293

    A VERY RARE BLUE AND WHITE REVERSE-DECORATED 'DRAGON' BOWL

    JIAJING SIX-CHARACTER MARK AND OF THE PERIOD (1522-66)

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    A VERY RARE BLUE AND WHITE REVERSE-DECORATED 'DRAGON' BOWL
    JIAJING SIX-CHARACTER MARK AND OF THE PERIOD (1522-66)
    The well potted bowl with deep upright sides, boldly decorated on the interior with a central dragon medallion encircled by double-line borders and interlocking scrolls and fruit-like sprigs, a wide band of continuously scrolling lingzhi at the rim beneath further double- line borders, all reserved against an inky-blue ground, the exterior with a frieze of two scaly dragons in pursuit of 'flaming pearls' amidst cloud and flame scrolls above a lappet collar encircling the footring washed in blue
    6½ in. (16.7 cm.) diam.


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    This unusual type of reverse decoration is a very distinctive technique of the Jiajing period. With the exception of only one other Jiajing-marked bowl of this size and decoration, sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 19 November 1986, lot 212, no other bowl-form examples are known. Compare three dishes similarly decorated with cranes in flight below a shou (longevity) character: the first is in the Idemitsu Museum collection illustrated in Chinese Ceramics in the Idemitsu Collection, vol. II, Tokyo, 1987, no. 706; a dish formerly in the Avery Brundage collection, now in the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, illustrated by He Li, Chinese Ceramics, A New Comprehensive Survey, 1996, no. 421, p. 244; and another dish sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 27 October 2003, lot 618. A related Jiajing period bowl with an anhua decorated dragon against a blue-ground is in the Idemitsu Museum, illustrated op. cit., 1987, col. pl. 194.

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