Lot 68. A Longquan celadon 'dragon' charger, Yuan dynasty (1271-1368); 14 ¼ in. (36.1 cm.) diam. Estimate GBP 30,000 - GBP 50,000 (USD 41,220 - USD 68,700). Price realised GBP 37,500. © Christie’s Images Limited 2018
The dish is moulded to the centre with a powerful, writhing four-clawed dragon below a band of stylised foliage to the cavetto. The reverse is further moulded with upright petals and the charger is covered all over with a glaze of bluish-green tone with the exception of the unglazed orange-buff colour foot ring.
Provenance: Private European Collection, acquired prior to 2000.
Note: A similar example in the Topkapi Saray is illustrated in Chinese Ceramics in the Topkapi Saray Museum, Istanbul, Vol. 1, p 256, no. 62 while a comparable dish with the dragon chasing a flaming pearl in the British Museum is illustrated in Oriental Ceramics: The World's Great Collections, Vol. 5., Tokyo, 1981, no. 132. A further comparable dish was sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 31 May 2017, lot 3005.
A rare carved and moulded ‘dragon’ charger, Yuan dynasty (1279-1368) from the Roger Belanich Collection, 13 ¾ in. (35.7 cm). Sold for 475,000 HKD at Christie's Hong Kong, 31 May 2017, lot 3005. © Christie’s Images Limited 2017
Christie’s. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, London, 15 May 2018. SALE 15487