A RARE RESERVE-DECORATED BLUE AND WHITE ‘DRAGON’ DISH
A RARE RESERVE-DECORATED BLUE AND WHITE ‘DRAGON’ DISH
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A RARE RESERVE-DECORATED BLUE AND WHITE ‘DRAGON’ DISH

JIAJING SIX-CHARACTER MARK IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE AND OF THE PERIOD (1522-1566)

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A RARE RESERVE-DECORATED BLUE AND WHITE ‘DRAGON’ DISH
JIAJING SIX-CHARACTER MARK IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE AND OF THE PERIOD (1522-1566)
The centre of the interior is decorated with a scaly five-clawed dragon leaping amid ruyi-clouds and flames above waves crashing against rocks, within a double-circle repeated at rim. The exterior is decorated with ten mythical animals gambolling amidst clouds and waves. All reserved on a brilliant purplish-blue ground. The base is covered with a blue wash over the underglaze-blue mark.
8 3/16 in. (22.3 cm.) diam., box
Provenance
Sold at Sotheby’s Hong Kong, 29 October 2001, lot 540

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Lot Essay

This unusual type of reverse decoration is a very distinctive technique of the Jiajing period. A dish of this design is in The Avery Brundage Collection at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, illustrated in Chinese Ceramics, London, 1996, no. 429.

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