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A LONGQUAN CELADON CARVED AND MOLDED 'DRAGON' DISH
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A LONGQUAN CELADON CARVED AND MOLDED 'DRAGON' DISH

YUAN DYNASTY, 13TH-14TH CENTURY

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A LONGQUAN CELADON CARVED AND MOLDED 'DRAGON' DISH
YUAN DYNASTY, 13TH-14TH CENTURY
The dish has shallow rounded sides rising to an everted rim, and the center of the interior is decorated in relief with a scaly, four-clawed dragon leaping in pursuit of a flaming pearl, below scrolls carved in the well, and the exterior is carved with chrysanthemum petals. The whole is covered in a glaze of sea-green color stopping short of the unglazed foot ring burnt orange in the firing.
14 7/8 in. (37.8 cm.) diam.
Provenance
Christie's London, 9 June 1997, lot 50.

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The shape of the dragon and position of the pearl on this dish appear to be very similar to a dish of slightly smaller size (14 in. diam.) in the Sedgewick Collection, included in the Oriental Ceramic Society exhibition, Celadon Wares, 20 October - 20 December 1947, pl. I, no. 40. Other related dishes are illustrated by R. Krahl, Chinese Ceramics in the Topkapi Saray Museum, Istanbul, vol. I, London, 1986, pp. 255-56, nos. 58-62. Another very similar dish from the Gordon Collection was sold at Christie's New York, 24 March 2011, lot 1134.

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