Lot 1435. A pair of finely enamelled 'dragon' dishes, Shen De Tang hallmark in iron red, Daoguang period (1821-1850); 6 3/8 in. (16 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 8,000 - USD 10,000. Price realised USD 31,250. © Christie's Image Ltd 2010.

Decorated on the exterior with two gilt-highlighted iron-red dragons pursuing flaming pearls against a white-enamel sgraffiato wave ground, interior and base in deep turquoise enamel, wood stands, Japanese wood box.

Provenance: Acquired in 1973.

Note: The hallmark, shen de tang zhi, may be translated, 'Made for the hall for the cultivation of virtue', a Daoguang imperial mark.

Christie'sFine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, 26 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza