Lot 3178. A biscuit-decorated 'Dragon' dish, mark and period of Zhengde (1506-1521); 18.1 cm., 7 1/8 in. Estimate 120,000 — 180,000 HKD. Lot sold 175,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's 2013
with shallow rounded sides rising from a short slightly tapered foot to an everted rim, applied overall with a rich transparent glaze slightly tinged to green, save for a five-clawed dragon incised on the interior writhing among stylised clouds within a central medallion, its head, scaly body and limbs reserved on the biscuit and fired pale orange, the exterior with two five-clawed dragons striding above crashing waves and rocks, similarly incised and reserved on the biscuit, 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