A fine pair of green-enamelled 'dragon' jars and covers. Qianlong seal marks and period. Photo Sotheby's
each with a globular tapering body rising to a rounded shoulder surmounted by a short neck, decorated in underglaze-blue and green enamel with a pair of ferocious dragons in pursuit of a flaming pearl amongst scrolling clouds, all below a frieze of beribboned bajixiang framed with bands of swirls and ruyi heads, skirted at the foot with a lappet band, the cover with a coiled dragon chasing a flaming pearl, inscribed on the recessed base with a six-character Qianlong seal mark in underglaze-blue, wood stands; 6.0; 21.3cm., 8 3/8 in. Lot 290. Estimate 160,000-200,000 GBP
PROVENANCE: Collection of Mrs Coremans (acquired in Belgium in the early 20th century).
The Property of a Lady.
NOTE DE CATALOGUE: A closely related jar is published in Porcelains of the National Palace Museum. Enamelled Ware of the Ch'ing Dynasty , bk. II, Taipei, 1969, pl. 13; one in the Nanjing Museum, Nanjing, is illustrated in The Official Kiln Porcelain of the Chinese Qing Dynasty, Shanghai, 2003, p. 271; and another is included in Chinese Porcelain. The S.C. Tianminlou Collection, pt. 1, Hong Kong, 1987, pl. 114. Several Qianlong jars with covers from important private collections include one from the collection of Edward T. Chow, sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 19th May 1981, lot 537; another from the W.W. Winkworth collection, illustrated in Soame Jenyns, Later Chinese Porcelain, London, 1951, pl. XCI, fig. 2, sold twice in our Hong Kong rooms, 29th November 1977, lot 128, and again, 1st November 1999, lot 463; a pair from the Frederick J. and Antoinette H. Van Slyke collection, sold in our New York rooms, 31st May 1989, lot 201, one of which was sold again at Christie's Hong Kong, 30th May 2006, lot 1443; and another sold twice in our Hong Kong rooms, 18th May 1988, lot 292, and again, 8th April 2011, lot 3165.
The combination of green enamel on a white ground was first produced during the Chenghua period (1465-87) and the green dragon motif continued to adorn dishes and bowls throughout the Ming dynasty. This design was adopted by potters working during the Kangxi reign to decorate jars and remained popular throughout the Qing dynasty; see a Kangxi prototype, from the Qing Court collection and still in Beijing, published in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum. Porcelains in Polychrome and Contrasting Colours, Hong Kong, 1999, pl. 190
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