A YELLOW-GLAZED BLUE-GROUND 'DRAGON' DISH
A YELLOW-GLAZED BLUE-GROUND 'DRAGON' DISH
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A YELLOW-GLAZED BLUE-GROUND 'DRAGON' DISH

QIANLONG SIX-CHARACTER SEAL MARK IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE AND OF THE PERIOD (1736-1795)

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A YELLOW-GLAZED BLUE-GROUND 'DRAGON' DISH
QIANLONG SIX-CHARACTER SEAL MARK IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE AND OF THE PERIOD (1736-1795)
The shallow, rounded sides rise to a slightly everted rim, and the interior is decorated with a five-clawed dragon leaping amidst clouds and flames in pursuit of a flaming pearl, below two dragons at a similar pursuit in the well, which are repeated on the exterior above a petal-lappet border. The decoration is highlighted in a lemon-yellow glaze in contrast to the underglaze blue ground.
9 7/8 in. (25 cm.) diam.

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Lot Essay

This design and color combination appears to be based on Kangxi examples, such as the dish illustrated in Mayuyama, Seventy Years, vol. I, Tokyo, 1976, p. 349, no. 1047. Another Qianlong mark-and-period dish with similar design was sold at Christie's New York, 13-14 September 2012, lot 1489.

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