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A FINE AND VERY RARE BLUE AND WHITE REVERSE-DECORATED 'DRAGON' BOWL
THE PROPERTY OF AN AMERICAN GENTLEMAN
A FINE AND VERY RARE BLUE AND WHITE REVERSE-DECORATED 'DRAGON' BOWL

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

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A FINE AND VERY RARE BLUE AND WHITE REVERSE-DECORATED 'DRAGON' BOWL
JIAJING SIX-CHARACTER MARK AND OF THE PERIOD (1522-1566)
The well-potted bowl has 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 is decorated with a frieze of two scaly dragons in pursuit of 'flaming pearls' amidst cloud and flame scrolls above a lappet collar encircling the foot ring washed in blue.
6 7/8 in. (17.5 cm.) wide
Provenance
The property of a gentleman, sold at Christie's London, 3 November 2009, lot 293

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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 two other 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; and another 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.

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