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A VERY RARE YELLOW AND GREEN-ENAMELED 'DRAGON' VASE
A VERY RARE YELLOW AND GREEN-ENAMELED 'DRAGON' VASE
A VERY RARE YELLOW AND GREEN-ENAMELED 'DRAGON' VASE
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A VERY RARE YELLOW AND GREEN-ENAMELED 'DRAGON' VASE

JIAQING INCISED SIX-CHARACTER SEAL MARK AND OF THE PERIOD (1796-1820)

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A VERY RARE YELLOW AND GREEN-ENAMELED 'DRAGON' VASE
JIAQING INCISED SIX-CHARACTER SEAL MARK AND OF THE PERIOD (1796-1820)
The vase is decorated with three incised and green-enameled five-clawed dragons writhing amidst clouds in pursuit of flaming pearls on a yellow ground, all between bands of waves and stylized jewels.
12 13/16 in. (32.5 cm.)
Provenance
Estate of Count Federico Zichy Thyssen (1935-2014), Paraguay.
Acquired directly from the above by the present owner.
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Please note that this lot is subject to an import tariff. The amount of the import tariff due is a percentage of the final hammer price plus buyer’s premium. The buyer should contact Post Sale Services prior to the sale to determine the estimated amount of the import tariff. If the buyer instructs Christie’s to arrange shipping of the lot to a foreign address, the buyer will not be required to pay the import tariff. If the buyer instructs Christie’s to arrange shipping of the lot to a domestic address, if the buyer collects the property in person, or if the buyer arranges their own shipping (whether domestically or internationally), the buyer will be required to pay the import tariff. For the purpose of calculating sales tax, if applicable, the import tariff will be added to the final hammer price plus buyer’s premium and sales tax will be collected as per The Buyer’s Premium and Taxes section of the Conditions of Sale.
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Please note, details of the provenance of this lot have been updated since the publication of the catalogue and now read:
Estate of Count Federico Zichy Thyssen (1935-2014), Paraguay.
Acquired directly from the above by the present owner.

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The most prestigious decorative motif seen in the three-dimensional arts made for the Chinese imperial court in the Qing dynasty is the Imperial dragon - the symbol of the Son of Heaven, the Emperor himself. Carefully incised with finely rendered scales and claws, the dragons on this vase raise their heads in lively anticipation of grasping the flaming pearl.

A very similar vase from an English private collection is illustrated by Marchant in Imperial Chinese Porcelain, Ceramics & Works of Art, London, 2013, p. 82, no. 39. See, also, a bottle vase of comparable height to the present lot, Jiaqing mark and period, decorated with a similar pattern of incised green-enameled dragons on a yellow ground, in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, illustrated by J. Ayers and M. Sato in Ceramic Art of the World, Volume 15, Ching Dynasty, Tokyo, 1983, p. 184, no. 236.

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