8 October 2020
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A WHITE-GLAZED INCISED PORCELAIN ‘DRAGON’ SNUFF BOTTLE
QING DYNASTY, 1780-1899
The bottle is incised around the exterior with a five-clawed dragon pursuing a flaming pearl, covered inside and out with a clear glaze, the unglazed base inscribed in cobalt blue with the mark Dingchen yazhi ‘Elegantly made by Dingchen’. Together with a white-glazed porcelain snuff dish inscribed on the base with a personal mark.
Bottle: 1 13/16 in. (4.6 cm.) high, stained jadeite stopper;
Dish: 1 ½ in. (3.9 cm.) diam. (2)
Bottle: Collection of Lieutenant Colonel Gladwyn and Mrs. R. Gladwyn
Sold at Bonhams London, 8 November 2010, lot 526
Robert Hall, London, November 2010
Dish: The Crane Collection, before April 2005
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An 1899 work, Yueyou xiaoshi ???? (Minor record of Guangdong travels), mentions an Yixing teapot made by a Dingchen, but there is no indication of how old it was thought to be or when Dingchen was known to have been active.