A green-enamelled 'Dragon' Jar. Seal mark and period of Qianlong. Photo Sotheby's
the globular tapering body rising to a rounded shoulder set with a short straight neck, decorated in green enamel with a pair of ferocious dragons, each chasing a 'flaming pearl' amongst scrolling clouds, all beneath a frieze of bajixiang, the recessed base inscribed in underglaze blue with a six-character reign mark; 19.7 cm., 7 3/4 in. Estimation 400,000-600,000 HKD. Lot 3174 unsold.
NOTE DE CATALOGUE: A closely related jar from the collection of W.W. Winkworth and illustrated in Soame Jenyns, Later Chinese Porcelain, London, 1951, pl. XCI, fig. 2, was sold twice in these rooms, 29th November 1977, lot 128, and 1st November 1999, lot 463. Another jar of this form and decoration is published in Porcelains of the National Palace Museum. Enamelled Ware of the Ch'ing Dynasty, vol. II, Taipei, 1969, pl. 13; and one is included in Chinese Porcelain in the S.C. Ko Tianminlou Collection, Hong Kong, 1987, pl. 114.
Compare also a covered jar of this type, from the collection of Edward T. Chow, sold in these rooms, 19th May 1981, lot 537; another in the Jingdezhen Museum, Jiangxi province, illustrated in Heitokuchin jiki, Kyoto, 1982, pl. 118; and two jars each sold twice in these rooms, 19th May 1988, lots 291 and 292, and again, 8th April 2011, lots 3171 and 3165 respectively and a fourth jar with a cover sold in these rooms 5th October 2011, lot 2109.
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