Lot 3020.  A Longquan celadon 'Dragon' dish, Yuan dynasty (1279-1368), 13 1/4 in. (33.5 cm.) diam. Estimate HKD 250,000 - HKD 350,000Price realised HKD 275,000 © Christie's Images Ltd 2011

The gently rounded sides flaring outward to a flat everted rim, moulded in the centre with a writhing scaly dragon, encircled by a freely carved foliage scroll around the cavetto, the exterior carved and moulded with lobed lotus petals radiating from the footring, covered overall with an olive-green glaze except for the footrim showing the biscuit burnt orange in the firing, box.

NoteA dish of this type with a very similar dragon applied to the centre is illustrated in Krahl, Chinese Ceramics in the Topkapi Saray Museum, Istanbul, vol. I, p. 256, no. 62. Another almost identical dragon chasing a 'flaming pearl' from the British Museum is illustrated in Oriental Ceramics: The World's Great Collections, vol. 5, Tokyo, 1981, no. 132.

'Dragon' dish, Yuan dynasty, circa 13th-14th century

'Dragon' dishYuan dynasty, circa 13th-14th century, Longquan ware, Longquan region, Zhejiang province. Stoneware, porcelain-type, with carved and applied moulded decoration and celadon glaze. Diameter: 14.5 inches. Bequeathed by Henry Blackwall Harris, 1929,0722.5 © 2017 Trustees of the British Museum

Christie'sImportant Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, 30 November 2011, Hong Kong