Lot 3719. A blue and white facetted 'dragon' jarlet, mark and period of Jiajing (1522-1566). Estimate 500,000 — 700,000 HKD. Lot sold 625,000 HKD. Photo Sotheby's.
potted with a square-section baluster body surmounted by an upright neck and galleried mouthrim, each side decorated in cobalt blue with a dragon writhing amidst lotus scrolls, all between bands of pendent ruyi petals and upright lappets encircling the shoulder and foot respectively, the neck collared with a key-fret border, the base with a six-character reign mark within a double-square; h. 11.7 cm, 4 5/8 in.
Provenance: Christie's New York, 19th September 1996, lot 268.
Notes: Compare a closely related jar, from the collection of F.D. Samuel, sold in our London rooms, 13th May 1969, lot 88 and subsequently in the Idemitsu Museum of Arts, Tokyo, illustrated in the Museum’s 15th Anniversary Catalogue, Tokyo, 1981, pl. 809; another, with its matching cover, published in Sir Harry Garner, Oriental Blue and White, London, 1973, pl. 50 (above); and a third, sold at Christie’s London, 12th December 1988, lot 154a. See also a larger jar of this type in the Shanghai Museum, Shanghai, illustrated in Lu Minghua, Mingdai guanyao ciqi [Ming dynasty imperial ceramics], Shanghai, 2007, pl. 1-55; and another from the collection of Hirano Kotoken, sold at Christie’s New York, 19th September 2007, lot 274.
Jiajing mark and period jars of this facetted shape are also known painted on each side with two confronting dragons, such as one in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum. Blue and White Porcelain with Underglaze Red (II), Shanghai, 2000, pl. 95; and another published in John Ayers, The Baur Collection, Geneva. Chinese Ceramics, vol. 2, 1959, Geneva, pl. A1555.