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A RARE BLUE AND WHITE ‘DRAGON’ EWER
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A RARE BLUE AND WHITE ‘DRAGON’ EWER

YUAN DYNASTY (1279-1368)

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A RARE BLUE AND WHITE ‘DRAGON’ EWER
YUAN DYNASTY (1279-1368)
The pear-shaped ewer is painted with a three-clawed dragon in pursuit of a pearl, with its bifurcated tail supporting a flaming pearl. The curved spout is painted with a classic scroll on each side and connected to the neck with an openwork s-shaped form strut, opposite to the loop handle applied with a lug at the top.
8 7/8 in. (22.5 cm.) high, box
Provenance
Sold at Sotheby’s London, 16 June 1999, lot 787

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It is rare to find a Yuan ewer painted with dragons. Similar dragon motif is more often found on stem bowls and vases of the Yuan dynasty, see for example, a stem bowl in the Shanghai Museum, and a yuhuchunping in the Qingzhou Museum, included in the exhibition Splendors in Smalt: Art of Yuan Blue-and white Porcelain, Shanghai, 2012, no. 21 and no. 66, respectively.

For Yuan ewers of this form but painted with a different design, see an example painted with lotus pond illustrated in Mitsugi, Chinese Porcelain Collections in the Near East, Topkapi and Ardebil, Hong Kong, 1981, vol. I, p. 37 top; and another painted with floral sprays, sold at Sotheby’s London, 11 May 2011, lot 138.

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