A fine green-enamelled 'Dragon' dish, Zhengde six-character mark in underglaze blue within a double circle and of the period (1506-1521)

Lot 81. A fine green-enamelled 'Dragon' dish, Zhengde six-character mark in underglaze blue within a double circle and of the period (1506-1521). 9 in. (22.8 cm.) diam. Estimate GBP 50,000 - GBP 70,000  © Christie's Images Ltd 2017

This dish is finely potted with shallow, rounded sides supported on a slightly tapering foot. The interior is decorated with a five-clawed dragon striding amongst fire scrolls and clouds highlighted in green enamel, its scaly head, body and limbs incised, all encircled within a green border repeated at the rim. The reverse is similarly decorated with a pair of green dragons racing through a sea of incised waves. 

ProvenanceWith Marchant, London, Chinese Ceramics Tang to Qing, May 2014, no. 13.
Private English Collection.

The Collection of Professor Stephen Charles Wallace, FInstP, and Dr. Geraldine Kenney-Wallace, RSC, FInstP.

LiteratureThis dish is illustrated in an article on glaze bubbles and dating of porcelain by Stephen C Wallace and Geraldine Kenney-Wallace in Physics World, 2016, volume 29, pp.34-38.

A fine green-enamelled 'Dragon' dish, Daoguang six-character seal mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1821-1850)

Lot 82. A fine green-enamelled 'Dragon' dish, Daoguang six-character seal mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1821-1850). 7 in. (17.8 cm.) diamEstimate GBP 5,000 - GBP 8,000 (USD 6,625 - USD 10,600) © Christie's Images Ltd 2017

The dish is decorated to the interior with a central five-clawed dragon amongst fire scrolls in pursuit of a flaming pearl, enclosed within an underglaze blue and green enamelled border, repeated at the rim. The reverse is similarly decorated with two dragons, their scales and facial features finely detailed in black, enclosed within green and underglaze blue borders. 

Provenance: With Marchant & Son Ltd., London, 29th September 2004.
The collection of Professor Stephen Charles Wallace, FIstP, and Dr. Geraldine Kenney-Wallace, RSC, FInstP.

NoteThis dish is illustrated in an article on glaze bubbles and dating of porcelain by Stephen C Wallace and Geraldine Kenney-Wallace in Physics World, 2016, volume 29, pp.34-38.

A fine green-glazed 'Dragon' dish, Daoguang six-character seal mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1821-1850

Lot 83. A fine green-glazed 'Dragon' dish, Daoguang six-character seal mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1821-1850). 7 in. (17.8 cm.) diam. Estimate GBP 3,000 - GBP 5,000 (USD 3,975 - USD 6,625) © Christie's Images Ltd 2017

The dish has shallow rounded sides and is decorated with a central five-clawed dragon chasing a flaming pearl amongst fire scrolls. The exterior is similarly decorated with two dragons in pursuit of the flaming pearl.

ProvenanceWith Antik West, No. 4334, Goteborg, Sweden.
The Collection of Professor Stephen Charles Wallace, FInstP, and Dr. Geraldine Kenney-Wallace, RSC, FInstP.

NoteThis dish is illustrated in an article on glaze bubbles and dating of porcelain by Stephen C Wallace and Geraldine Kenney-Wallace in Physics World, 2016, volume 29, pp.34-38.

A blue-ground yellow-enamelled 'Dragon' dish, Qianlong six-character seal mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1736-1795)

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Lot 84. A blue-ground yellow-enamelled 'Dragon' dish, Qianlong six-character seal mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1736-1795). 7 in. (17.8 cm.) diam. Estimate GBP 40,000 - GBP 60,000 (USD 53,000 - USD 79,500) © Christie's Images Ltd 2017

The dish is decorated to the interior with a five-clawed dragon chasing a flaming pearl, leaping amongst ruyi-head clouds and flames. The shallow, rounded sides rise to a slightly everted rim and are painted with two similar dragons in pursuit. Two further dragons are decorated to the exterior, above a petal-lappet band enclosing the base.

ProvenanceFrom the collection of James and Phyllis Rosati, acquired between 1947 and 1949, when Mr. Rosati was stationed in Japan.
With Marchant, London, Imperial Chinese Porcelain, Ceramics and Works of Art, 2013, no. 32
The Collection of Professor Stephen Charles Wallace, FInstP, and Dr. Geraldine Kenney-Wallace, RSC, FInstP.

NoteThis design and colour combination appears to be based on porcelains from the Kangxi period, such as the dish illustrated in Mayuyama, Seventy Years, vol. I, Tokyo, 1976, no. 1047, p. 349. A similar dish is illustrated by Shincho Kogei No Bi, New York, 1995, pl. 126, p. 45 or by Qian Weipeng in Tian Wu Guan Cang Ci, Shanghai, 2011, vol 1, pp. 198/9. 
Another Qianlong mark-and-period dish with similar design was sold at Christie's New York, 17-18 March 2016, lot 1600.

 

A yellow-glazed blue-ground 'Dragon' dish, Qianlong six-character seal mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1736-1795)

 

A yellow-glazed blue-ground 'Dragon' dish, Qianlong six-character seal mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1736-1795). 9 7/8 in. (25 cm.) diam. Sold for 35,000 USD at Christie's New York, 17-18 March 2016, lot 1600. © Christie's Images Ltd 2016

A blue and white 'Bird and flowers' Kraak porcelain bowl, Wanli period (1573-1619)

Lot 85. A blue and white 'Bird and flowers' Kraak porcelain bowl, Wanli period (1573-1619). 5 ¾ in. (14.5 cm.) diam. Estimate GBP 1,500 - GBP 2,500 (USD 1,988 - USD 3,312)© Christie's Images Ltd 2017

The bowl is decorated to the exterior with panels enclosing birds, bamboo and chrysanthemums. The centre of the interior is painted with a bird on a rock, framed by six flower panels to the upright sides, each divided by bands of dots.

ProvenanceWith Geoffrey Waters, London.
The Collection of Professor Stephen Charles Wallace, FInstP, and Dr. Geraldine Kenney-Wallace, RSC, FInstP.

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Lot 86. A pair of blue and white 'Dragon and Carp' dishes and a 'Lotus' dish, Kangxi period (1662-1722), the 'Lotus' dish Daoguang six-character seal mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1821-1850). The largest, 6 3/8. in. (16.2 cm.) diam. Estimate GBP 2,000 - GBP 3,000 (USD 2,650 - USD 3,975)© Christie's Images Ltd 2017

The pair of dishes is decorated with a four-clawed dragon and a carp emerging from rolling waves. The interior and exterior rims are decorated with a band of radiating petals, some containing flaming pearls and others carp and flowers. Each base has an apocryphal Chenghua mark. The third dish is decorated to the interior and exterior with lotus heads on a ground of stylised foliate scrolls. 

 

ProvenanceThe 'lotus' dish: Christie's London, 15th July 2005, lot 85.
The Collection of Professor Stephen Charles Wallace, FInstP, and Dr. Geraldine Kenney-Wallace, RSC, FInstP.

 

A blue and white bowl, Kangxi period (1662-1722)

Lot 87. A blue and white bowl, Kangxi period (1662-1722). 8 1/8 in. (20.6 cm.) diam. Estimate GBP 5,000 - GBP 7,000 (USD 6,625 - USD 9,275)© Christie's Images Ltd 2017

The bowl is decorated to the exterior with three four-clawed dragons chasing flaming pearls above waves. The interior is decorated with a carp leaping from crested waves to the centre. The base has a two-character seal mark within a double ring.

ProvenanceAcquired from Geoffrey Waters, London.
The Collection of Professor Stephen Charles Wallace, FInstP, and Dr. Geraldine Kenney-Wallace, RSC, FInstP.

A blue and white bombé-form 'Monk and Tiger' censer, Transitional period, mid 17th century

Lot 88. A blue and white bombé-form 'Monk and Tiger' censer, Transitional period, mid 17th century8 ½ in. (21.5 cm.) diam. Estimate GBP 4,000 - GBP 6,000 (USD 5,300 - USD 7,950)© Christie's Images Ltd 2017

The compressed censer is decorated with a continuous scene of a tiger beside four monks, grouped in pairs, followed by two further monks holding a book and a fly whisk. 

ProvenanceWith Geoffrey Waters, London, 24 October 2003.
The Collection of Professor Stephen Charles Wallace, FInstP, and Dr. Geraldine Kenney-Wallace, RSC, FInstP.

A large blue and white 'Dragon and Crane' dish, Early Kangxi period, circa 1670

Lot 89. A large blue and white 'Dragon and Crane' dish, Early Kangxi period, circa 1670. 13 1/8 in. (33.3 cm.) diamEstimate GBP 3,000 - GBP 5,000 (USD 3,975 - USD 6,625)© Christie's Images Ltd 2017

The well-potted dish is decorated to the centre with a crane in flight above a pavilion and another crane standing on a rock emerging from crested waves. The interior and exterior of the rim are decorated with four-clawed dragons in pursuit of the flaming pearl. The base has an unglazed channeled foot rim with an apocryphal six-character Chenghua mark. 

ProvenanceWith Geoffrey Waters, London, 29th November 2002.
The Collection of Professor Stephen Charles Wallace, FInstP, and Dr. Geraldine Kenney-Wallace, RSC, FInstP.

NoteThe unglazed channeled foot on the present lot appears to have been used by the potters at Jingdezhen for a short period of time around 1670, and disappears in the second half of the Kangxi period.

A blue and white 'Hundred Birds' bowl, Kangxi period (1662-1722)

Lot 90. A blue and white 'Hundred Birds' bowl, Kangxi period (1662-1722). 8 1/8 in. (20.6 cm.) diam. Estimate GBP 10,000 - GBP 15,000 (USD 13,250 - USD 19,875)© Christie's Images Ltd 2017

The bowl is finely decorated to the exterior with a continuous scene of a phoenix standing on rocks beneath the moon, amongst flying cranes and accomplished by numerous other birds, surrounded by trees and flowers. The centre of the interior is painted with a circular medallion depicting a three-legged toad on a cliff edge, below a band of flowers to the mouth rim. The base has an apocryphal six-character Jiajing mark.

ProvenanceThe Collection of Professor Stephen Charles Wallace, FInstP, and Dr. Geraldine Kenney-Wallace, RSC, FInstP.

A blue and white and copper-red 'Bird and Peony' plate, Kangxi period (1662-1722)

Lot 91. A blue and white and copper-red 'Bird and Peony' plate, Kangxi period (1662-1722). 10 ¾ in. (27 cm. ) diam. Estimate GBP 4,000 - GBP 6,000 (USD 5,300 - USD 7,950)© Christie's Images Ltd 2017

The plate is finely decorated to the interior with a bird sitting on rocks under a flowering peony branch. The underside of the rim is decorated with three bamboo sprays in underglaze blue. The base has an apocryphal Chenghua mark. 

ProvenanceWith Marchant & Son Ltd., London, 25th February 2005.
The Collection of Professor Stephen Charles Wallace, FInstP, and Dr. Geraldine Kenney-Wallace, RSC, FInstP.

NoteThis dish is illustrated in an article on glaze bubbles and dating of porcelain by Stephen C Wallace and Geraldine Kenney-Wallace in Physics World, 2016, volume 29, pp. 34-38. 

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Lot 92. A collection of ten Chinese export Imari porcelains, 18th century. The largest, 14 ½ in. (37 cm.) diam., wood cover. Estimate GBP 3,000 - GBP 5,000 (USD 3,975 - USD 6,625)© Christie's Images Ltd 2017

The group comprises: a large octagonal plate with various flowers; a 'peonies and qilin' ginger jar; a potiche and cover with flower decoration; a 'fan and scroll' bowl; a large circular 'peony' plate; a 'bamboo and peony' plate and a set of four 'peony and scroll' plates.

ProvenanceWith Geoffrey Waters, London, acquired between 1 December 1995 and 7 November 2001.
The ginger jar: Christie's South Kensington, 19 June 2003, lot 495.
The Collection of Professor Stephen Charles Wallace, FInstP, and Dr. Geraldine Kenney-Wallace, RSC, FInstP. 

Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art, 7 November 2017, London