An iron-red-decorated blue and white 'dragon' dish, Qianlong six-character seal mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1736-1795)

 

Lot 243. An iron-red-decorated blue and white 'dragon' dish, Qianlong six-character seal mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1736-1795); 6 7/8 in. (17.5 cm.) diam. Estimate GBP 8,000 - GBP 12,000Price realised GBP 8,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2018. 

The interior is painted with an iron-red five-clawed dragon leaping against a background of blue waves, with a similar design repeated with nine dragons to the exterior.  

Provenance: Private English collection, acquired by a Protestant missionary in Beijing in the 19th century, then by descent within the family. 
Private Southeast Asian collection

Christie'sFine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, London, 6 November 2018