A blue and white ‘dragon’ jar and cover, Ming dynasty, 15th century

Lot 3185. A blue and white ‘dragon’ jar and cover, Ming dynasty, 15th century, 8 1/2 in. (21.5 cm.) high. Estimate HKD 300,000 - HKD 500,000 (USD 38,686 - USD 64,478)© Christie's Images Ltd 2017

The jar is of ovoid form rising from a slightly tapered foot to a short neck. The globular sides brilliantly painted with two lively five-clawed dragons striding in pursuit of ‘flaming pearls’ amidst clouds and above a border crashing waves. All between a ruyi-head collar filling with lotus sprigs at the shoulders and a border lotus lappets at the base. The straight neck painted with a keyfret border. The domed and knopped cover painted with a band of ruyi cloud.

Christie's. The Imperial Sale / Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, 31 May 2017, Convention Hall