Lot 183. A green-enameled 'dragon' jar, Qianlong seal mark and period (1736-1795). Height 8 1/2 in., 21 cm. Estimate 20,000 — 30,000 USD. Lot sold 40,625 USD. © Sotheby's.
of ovoid form, painted in underglaze blue and enameled in green with a pair of writhing dragons each in eager pursuit of a 'flaming pearl' amidst scrolling clouds and flames surmounted by a band of the 'Eight Buddhist Emblems' and with a row of upright lappets encircling the base, seal mark in underglaze blue .
Provenance: Collection of Dikran Garabed Kelekian (1868-1951).
Collection of Nanette B. Kelekian, until 2005.
Note: This imperial pattern is well represented in museum collections around the world. See Porcelains of the National Palace Museum, Enamelled Ware of the Ch'ing Dynasty, vol. II, Taipei, 1969, pl. 13 and another is included in Chinese Porcelain in the S.C. Ko Tianminlou Collection, Hong Kong, 1987, pl. 114.
Compare an example from the collection of W.W. Winkworth illustrated in Soame Jenyns, Later Chinese Porcelain, London, 1951, pl. XCI, fig. 2 sold in our Hong Kong rooms 29th November 1977, lot 128 and again 1st November 1999, lot 463 and another jar sold in our Paris rooms 13th June 2012, lot 175
Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art. New York, 19 march 2013