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A LARGE GREEN AND AUBERGINE YELLOW-GROUND 'DRAGON' DISH KANGXI SIX-CHARACTER MARK AND OF THE PERIOD Impressed and painted to the centre in green, aubergine and cream enamels with two scaly five-clawed dragons contending a flaming pearl amongst cloud and fire-scrolls beneath a band of prunus, camellia, chrysanthemum, peony and lotus in the well, the flat everted border decorated with six dragons chasing flaming pearls, the exterior decorated with similar dragons on the rounded sides beneath a band of cloud-scrolls and cranes (rim restored) 16 in. (40.5 cm.) diam., box
Captain C. Oswald Liddell
The Tsui Museum of Art, Chinese Ceramics, vol. IV, pl. 110.

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This dish, and the pair to it, formerly in the Collection of Captain C. Oswald Liddell, no. 153, were exhibited at Bluett and Sons, London and subsequently sold in our London Rooms, 19 April 1983, lot 380.

Another example from the H.A. Hartog Collection is included in the Exhibition Tausend Jahre Chinesische Keramik, Museum fur Kunst und Geweebe, Hamburg, 1974, Catalogue no. 144; and a third is illustrated in Ayers, Far Eastern Ceramics in the Victoria and Albert Museum, no. 197.

Compare also with Kangxi dishes of this pattern without everted rims, such as the example from the Eumofopoulos Collection, illustrated by Hobson, Catalogue, vol. V, pl. XXVIII, E. 199; and an example from the H.B. Harris Collection in the British Museum, illustrated in Chinese Ceramics in Private Collections, Hobson, Rackham and King, fig. 229, p. 127.



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