Lot 11. A Longquan celadon-glazed 'Dragon' dish, Early Ming dynasty, 14th century. 14 in. (35.5 cm.) diam. Estimate GBP 3,000 - GBP 5,000 (USD 3,933 - USD 6,555). Price realised GBP 9,375. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017
The dish is decorated to the centre with a moulded appliqué dragon chasing the flaming pearl surrounded by a carved stylised foliage band at the cavetto. The moulded fluted exterior is carved with a lotus petal band. The dish is covered overall with a sea-green glaze which highlights the raised and carved design, the base has an unglazed ring which has fired orange.
Note: Compare to a charger with the same motif and facing in the opposite direction in the British Museum, illustrated in Oriental Ceramics: The World’s Great Collection, vol. 5, Tokyo, 1981, no. 132; and another in the collection of the Topkapi Saray Museum, illustrated by Regina Krahl, Chinese Ceramics in the Topkapi Saray Museum, vol. 1, Istanbul, p. 256, no. 62.
Dragon Dish, Yuan-Ming dynasty, 13thC-14th century. Moulded and celadon glazed ceramic, porcelain. Green ware. Diameter: 14.5 inches. Bequeathed by Henry Blackwall Harris , 1929,0722.5 © The Trustees of the British Museum
Chargers similar to the current lot have been sold at auction, including a slightly smaller (35.7 cm.) one with a dragon facing the opposite direction sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 31 May 2017, lot 3005, and a slightly larger dish (36.4 cm.) at Christie's South Kensington, 4 November 2014, lot 237.
A rare carved and moulded ‘dragon’ charger, Yuan dynasty (1279-1368), from the Roger Belanich Collection of Longquan Celadon Ceramics. 13 ¾ in. (35.7 cm). Sold for 475,000 HKD at Christie's Hong Kong, 31 May 2017, lot 3009. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017
A Longquan celadon ‘Dragon’ dish, Ming dynasty (1368-1644). 14 3/8 in. (36.4 cm.) diam. Sold for £43,750 ($69,913) at Christie's South Kensington, 4 November 2014, lot 237. © Christie's Images Ltd 2014
Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art, 7 November 2017, London