Lot 1927. A fine pair of yellow-ground green-enamelled 'dragon' foliate dishes, Qianlong six-character seal marks and of the period (1736-1795); 5 1/4 in. (13.5 cm.) diam. Estimate HKD 300,000 - HKD 500,000. Price Realized HKD 1,170,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2013
Each dish is finely potted with rounded sides rising to a foliate rim, incised and enamelled to the interior with a five-clawed front-facing dragon surrounding a flaming pearl within a medallion. The central dragon medallion is encircled by two striding dragons pursuing 'flaming pearls' around the well, all in green enamels against a yellow ground. The pattern is repeated on the reverse side. The double-line borders are outlined in aubergine enamel.
Note: This pair of dishes decorated with dragons is among a group of dishes of this design that are recorded as being made in the 2nd year of the Qianlong reign (1737). Other variations of the decoration include examples having a frieze of detached flower sprays on the exterior or the interior left plain. A single dish with floral designs instead of the dragons on the reverse from the Qing Court Collection is illustrated in Miscellaneous Enamelled Porcelains and Plain Tricoloured Porcelains, The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Shanghai, 2009, no. 109; and a pair of dishes similarly decorated with florettes on the exterior from the T.Y. Chao Collection, was exhibited at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Ch'ing Porcelain from the Wah Kwong Collection, 1973, Catalogue, no. 41.
Two pairs of dishes of identical design were sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 30 October 2001, lot 828 and 28 November 2012, lot 2141.
A fine pair of yellow-ground green-enamelled 'Dragon' foliate dishes, Qianlong six-character seal mark and of the period (1736-1795); 5¼ in. (13.5 cm.) diam. Sold for HKD 860,000 at Christie's Hong Kong, 28 November 2012, lot 2141. © Christie's Images Ltd 2012
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