A rare green and yellow incised 'dragon' jar, guan, Jiajing six-character mark within double-circles and of the period (1522-1566)

Lot 1860. A rare green and yellow incised 'dragon' jar, guan, Jiajing six-character mark within double-circles and of the period (1522-1566); 5 7/16in. (13.6 cm.) highEstimate: HKD 350,000 - HKD 450,000Price realised HKD 583,500. © Christie's Image Ltd 2008.

The ovoid body incised and glazed in yellow on a green ground with two scaly dragons leaping to grasp the 'flaming pearls' amidst scattered clouds and flames between a band of lappets enclosing foliated motifs around the base and a collar of linked ruyi heads on the shoulder, Japanese wood box. 

Provenance: A Japanese private collection.

NoteYellow and green enamelled jars dating to the late Ming dynasty appear to be very rare. Although other examples of this form are known decorated in different enamels, predominantly in yellow and red, no other example of this particular pattern decorated in green and yellow appears to have been published. For an example of three Jiajing-marked dragon jars, see Mayuyama, Seventy Years, Vol. 1, Tokyo, 1976, p. 278, nos. 832-834.

Compare with a number of related yellow and green enamelled Wanli-marked jars decorated with dragons enclosed within barbed cartouches. One from the Yokogawa collection is illustrated in Oriental Ceramics, The World's Greatest Collections, Vol. 1, Tokyo National Museum, 1982, no. 124; another in the Baur collection, Geneva is illustrated by J. Ayres, The Baur Collection, Vol. 2, Geneva, 1969, no. A208;and another illustratedop. cit., Tokyo, 1976, p. 313, no. 935.

Christie's Hong Kong. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art. 27 May 2008