Lot 3994. A green-enamelled 'dragon' jar and cover, Qianlong six-character sealmark and of the period (1736-1795); 8 1/4 in. (21 cm.) high. Estimate HKD 400,000 - HKD 600,000. Price Realized HKD 1,700,000. © Christie's Images Ltd. 2011
Painted and enamelled in green with two five-clawed dragons striding in pursuit of 'flaming pearls', amidst wispy clouds and between the Eight Buddhist Emblems,bajixiang, around the shoulder and a louts petal band around the base, the cover decorated with a similarly enamelled dragon.
Provenance: Sotheby's Hong Kong, 19 November 1986, lot 277
Note: Compare with published examples such as the covered jar illustrated in Chinese Ceramics- The S.C. Ko Tianmilou Collection, Hong Kong, 1987, pl. 114; and in the National Palace Museum, illustrated in Enamelled Ware of the Ch'ing Dynasty, Book II, CAFA, Hong Kong, 1969, pl. 13. Another vase of this pattern from the Greenwald Collection sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 1 December 2010, lot 2831.
Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, 1 June 2011, Convention Hall