A Green-Enamel 'Dragon' Dish, Mark and Period of Zhengde (1506-1521)

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Lot 3177. A Green-Enamel 'Dragon' Dish, Mark and Period of Zhengde (1506-1521); 20.6 cm., 8 1/8  in. Estimate 150,000 — 200,000 HKD. Lot sold 500,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's 2013

the shallow rounded sides rising from a short slightly tapered foot to an everted rim, the interior decorated with a central medallion enclosing a five-clawed dragon writhing among stylized clouds, its head, scaly body and limbs incised, reserved on the biscuit and covered with a green enamel, its claws and spikes picked out in green enamel over the glaze, all within a green circle repeated at the rim, the exterior decorated with two five-clawed dragons striding above crested waves and rocks, similarly reserved on the biscuit and painted with a green enamel against the white ground, the base inscribed in underglaze blue with a six-character reign mark within double circles.

Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art. Hong Kong, 08 april 2013