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AN INCISED PURPLE-GLAZED 'DRAGON' DISH
THE PROPERTY OF A JAPANESE GENTLEMAN
AN INCISED PURPLE-GLAZED 'DRAGON' DISH

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AN INCISED PURPLE-GLAZED 'DRAGON' DISH
KANGXI SIX-CHARACTER MARK WITHIN DOUBLE CIRCLES AND OF THE PERIOD (1662-1722)

The interior finely incised with a central sinuous dragon in pursuit of a flaming pearl, surrounded on the cavetto by a pair of striding dragons amidst jagged flames, repeated around the exterior above a band of lotus lappets, applied with an enamel of rich purple tone, the base with a transparent glaze over the underglaze-blue reign mark
9 7/8 in. (25.1 cm.) diam., box
Provenance
Mayuyama, Tokyo

Lot Essay

Compare with a few similar dishes, one illustrated in Chinese Porcelain, The S. C. Ko Tianminlou Collection, Hong Kong, 1987, part 1, pl. 144; one from the Koger Collection, illustrated by J. Ayers, Chinese Ceramics - The Koger Collection, 1985, pl. 144, where the author suggests that the purple glaze was an innovation of the late Kangxi period; one illustrated in Kangxi Porcelain Wares from the Shanghai Museum Collection, Hong Kong, 1998, pl. 224; one from the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, illustrated by He Li, Chinese Ceramics, A New Comprehensive Study, London, 1996, pl. 566; a pair from the J. M. Hu Family Collection sold at Sotheby's New York, 4 June 1985, lot 49; and another sold in these Rooms, 27 October 2003, lot 632.

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