30 October 2001
THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN
A RARE BLUE AND WHITE STEM-DISH
QIANLONG SIX-CHARACTER MARK IN A LINE AND OF THE PERIOD (1736-1795)
The stem-dish is well potted raised on a stem with splayed foot finely painted in rich cobalt blue tones with a sinuous scaly dragon pursuing a flaming pearl, above a carp swimming in a sea of turbulent waves breaking against rocks, the steep low rim of the dish decorated on the exterior with a band of interlocking scrolls, the reign mark written in a line within the foot (rim hairline)
9 in. (22.9 cm.) diam.
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A similar Qianlong-marked example was sold in these Rooms, 26 April 1998, lot 726.
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