Lot 316. A fine pair of small yellow-ground aubergine and green enamelled 'Dragon' dishes, Qianlong six-character seal marks in aubergine enamel and of the period (1736-1795); 5 1/8 in. (13 cm.) diam. Estimate GBP 30,000 - GBP 50,000 (USD 39,060 - USD 65,100). © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.
The interior of each dish is skilfully decorated to the centre with a green and an aubergine dragon contesting a flaming pearl amongst fire scrolls, their scaly bodies and facial details finely incised. Each exterior is decorated with four double clusters of grapes.
Provenance: Collection of Lieutenant General Louis E. Woods, Washington, D.C., acquired in China in the mid 1940s as a Christmas present form Major General Hu Chung Ching, Director of Foreign Affairs Department, with presentation card (presentation card within its box).
Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, London, 14 May 2019