15 September 2016
AN IRON-RED-DECORATED BLUE AND WHITE 'DRAGON' DISH
WANLI SIX-CHARACTER MARK IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE WITHIN A DOUBLE CIRCLE AND OF THE PERIOD (1573-1619)
The dish has shallow, slightly rounded sides, and is decorated on the interior with an iron-red, five-clawed dragon chasing a flaming pearl as it leaps amidst crashing waves. The exterior is decorated with a band of eight dragons above crashing waves.
6 ½ in. (16.7 cm.) diam.
Mary Clark Thompson (1835-1923) Collection.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, accessioned in 1923.
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S. Valenstein, A Handbook of Chinese Ceramics, New York, 1989 ed., p. 188, no. 184.
Compare the similarly decorated Wanli-marked dish of smaller size (14.5 cm.), from the Pilkington Collection, sold at Sotheby’s Hong Kong, 6 April 2016, lot 43.
Please note that the present lot is illustrated in Oriental Ceramics: the World’s Great Collections, vol. 12: Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tokyo, 1982, no. 94.
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