Lot 601. A pair of blue and white 'dragon' dishes, Qianlong seal marks and period (1736-1795). Diameter 6 7/8 in., 17.3 cm. Estimate 15,000 — 25,000 USD. Lot sold 27,500 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's.
each with shallow rounded sides resting on a gently tapering foot, the exterior painted with nine dragons in various poses, one frontal and eight in profile, all against cresting waves and below a band of interlocking coins, the interior painted with a medallion enclosing a sinuous scaly dragon against further waves, the base with a six-character seal mark in underglaze blue (2).
Provenance: Frank Crane, The Hundred Antiques, Toronto, 1960s-1980s, and thence by descent.
Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, New York, 11 september 2019