An iron-red-decorated blue and white 'dragon' dish, Qianlong six-character seal mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1736-1795)

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An iron-red-decorated blue and white 'dragon' dish, Qianlong six-character seal mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1736-1795). Estimate USD 20,000 - USD 30,000.  Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2016.

The dish has rounded sides that flare at the rim, and is decorated on the interior with a medallion of an iron-red dragon writhing against a background of cresting waves, and on the exterior with a similar frieze of dragons below a band of demi-florets at the rim.  6 7/8 in. (17.6 cm.) diam.

ProvenanceMr. and Mrs. William Spielman Collection. 
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, accessioned in 1976

Christie's. Collected in America: Chinese Ceramics from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 15 September 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza