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A VERY RARE GILT-DECORATED CELADON-GLAZED GROUND ‘DRAGON’ JAR AND COVER
A VERY RARE GILT-DECORATED CELADON-GLAZED GROUND ‘DRAGON’ JAR AND COVER
A VERY RARE GILT-DECORATED CELADON-GLAZED GROUND ‘DRAGON’ JAR AND COVER
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A VERY RARE GILT-DECORATED CELADON-GLAZED GROUND ‘DRAGON’ JAR AND COVER

JIAQING SIX-CHARACTER SEAL MARK IN IRON RED AND OF THE PERIOD (1796-1820)

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A VERY RARE GILT-DECORATED CELADON-GLAZED GROUND ‘DRAGON’ JAR AND COVER
JIAQING SIX-CHARACTER SEAL MARK IN IRON RED AND OF THE PERIOD (1796-1820)
The cylindrical jar is decorated around the exterior in gilt with a pair of five-clawed dragons with black-enamelled eyes striding in pursuit of flaming pearls amid clouds, flames and bats, between bands of alternating bats and ruyi heads, and bands of foliate scrolls, below a band of wan emblems encircling the neck and a band of keyfrets around the foot. The domed cover is decorated with bats in flight amid clouds, centered by a bud-form finial, surrounded by keyfrets repeated at the rim. The interior and the underside are enamelled turquoise.
12 ¾ in. (32.6 cm.) high, box
Provenance
Sold at Sotheby’s New York, 2 June 1993, lot 404
Sold at Sotheby’s Hong Kong, 5 November 1996, lot 924

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Lot Essay

The present vase is a superb example of the finest porcelain made by the Imperial kilns at Jingdezhen during the Jiaqing period. An entry from the Palace Archives dated to the 28th day of the 4th month of the Jiaqing 6th year shows a list of porcelain presented to the Emperor Jiaqing from Akdangga, the Superintendent of the Imperial kilns at Jingdezhen at the time. The list contains ‘a pair of gilt-decorated abarello jars in Song-glaze’, which refers precisely to the present type of jars. According to the Taocheng jishi bei (Commemorative Stele on Ceramic Production) composed in 1735 by Tang Ying, the Superintendent of the Imperial kilns from 1728-1756, the celadon-glaze, like that seen on the present jar, was made in imitation of the Song-dynasty qingbai wares made in the Hutian kilns, Jiangxi province.

Only one other example of this type but missing cover appears to be known, which was sold at Christie’s London, 18 June 2002, lot 37. For other Jiaqing-marked vases with gilt decoration on celadon ground, see four garlic-mouth vases (18 cm.) in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, access numbers: zhongci-005117 – zhongci-005120. Compare also with a pair of Qianlong-marked gilt-decorated celadon-ground archaistic vases from the J.M. Hu Collection, sold at Sotheby’s Hong Kong, 8 April 2010, lot 1803.

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