A RARE BLUE AND WHITE 'DRAGON' DISH
A RARE BLUE AND WHITE 'DRAGON' DISH
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A RARE BLUE AND WHITE 'DRAGON' DISH

ZHENGDE FOUR-CHARACTER MARK IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE WITHIN A DOUBLE CIRCLE AND OF THE PERIOD (1506-1521)

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A RARE BLUE AND WHITE 'DRAGON' DISH
ZHENGDE FOUR-CHARACTER MARK IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE WITHIN A DOUBLE CIRCLE AND OF THE PERIOD (1506-1521)
The dish is finely painted in vibrant inky-blue tones in the centre with a leaping dragon amongst a dense lotus meander, the well with two further striding dragons amid lotus scrolls. The underside is painted with a similar design above a band of ruyi heads. The base is covered with a transparent glaze and inscribed with the reign mark.
8 3/8 in. (21.2 cm.) diam., box
Provenance
Hong Rui Tang Collection, Hong Kong
A Private Collection of Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, sold at Sotheby’s London, 5 December 1995, lot 395

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Lot Essay

The design of five-clawed dragons amidst dense lotus scrolls is one of the most prevalent motifs seen on Zhengde porcelain. Its imperial provenance is further substantiated by the inclusion of a dish of this design on the sixth scroll of the imperial collection of the Yongzheng Emperor, the Guwan Tu, Scroll of Antiquities, dated to the sixth year of his reign (1728), from the Percival David Collection and now housed in the British Museum.

Zhengde-marked dishes of this design are found in museums and private collections worldwide, such as one (19.8 cm.) in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Blue and White Porcelain with Underglazed Red (II), Hong Kong, 2000, p. 68, no. 63; one (19.6 cm.) in the Shanghai Museum, published in Wang Qingzheng, Underglaze Blue and Red, Hong Kong, 1987, no. 154; one (20.2 cm.) in the Tianminlou Collection, illustrated in Blue & White Porcelain from the Collection of Tianminlou Foundation, Shanghai, 1996, no. 56; one (19.9 cm.) illustrated in Mayuyama, Seventy Years, vol. 1, Tokyo, 1976, no. 807; one (19.5 cm.) from the Meiyintang Collection, sold at Sotheby’s Hong Kong, 9 October 2012, lot 19. Three slightly larger ones are known: two in the British Museum, illustrated by Jessica Harrison-Hall in Ming Ceramics in the British Museum, London, 2001, no. 8:15 (23.8 cm.), and no. 8:16 (24.8 cm.), and the third (24 cm.) from the R.F.A. Riesco Collection, sold at Christie’s Hong Kong, 27 November 2013, lot 3116 (Price realised: HK$3,880,000)(fig. 1).

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