A very rare doucai ‘Dragon’ dish, Qianlong six-character seal mark and of the period (1736-1795). Estimate HK$1,500,000 – HK$2,600,000 ($194,256 – $336,711). Price Realized HK$1,720,000 ($222,837). Photo Christie’s Image Ltd 2014
The dish is decorated with underglaze blue outlines and overglaze enamels in doucai style, on the interior with a central medallion containing a writhing five-clawed dragon chasing an iron red flaming pearl amidst clouds and five colourful extended clouds on the cavetto, the exterior with multi-coloured clouds and cresting waves. 7 7/8 in. (20.1 cm.) diam., stand, Japanese wood box
Provenance: The Manno Art Museum Collection
Sold at Christie’s London, 21 June 2001, lot 103
PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED AMERICAN PRIVATE COLLECTION
Notes: A slightly smaller Yongzheng doucai dish of this design was sold at Christie’s Hong Kong in October 1990, lot 505, and a pair of Yongzheng doucai saucer dishes with this design were also sold at Christie’s Hong Kong in March 1991, lot 592.
Another slightly smaller Yongzheng doucai example is in the collection of the Hong Kong Museum of Art, published inThe Wonders of the Potter’s Palette: Qing Ceramics from the Collection of the Hong Kong Museum of Art, 1984, no. 45, while a pair from a private Hong Kong collection is illustrated in The Min Chiu Society Anthology of Chinese Art, pl. 175.
CHRISTIE’S. IMPORTANT CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART, 26 November 2014, Convention Hall