Lot 1334. A pair of iron-red and underglaze-blue 'dragon' dishes, Qianlong four-character seal marks and of the period (1736-1795); 4¾ in. (12 cm.) high. Estimate USD 20,000 - USD 30,000. Price realised USD 43,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013
Each is painted in iron-red in the interior with a five-clawed dragon leaping wildly against a background of penciled blue waves, and on the exterior with a similar design of nine dragons below a decorative border.
Provenance: Acquired in Cleveland, Ohio, in the 1950s.
Note: Compare two dishes of this pattern, one illustrated in Ch'ing Porcelain from the Wah Kwong Collection, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 1973, no. 70, the other in The Arts of the Ch'ing Dynasty, Oriental Ceramic Society, London, 1964, no. 235. See, also, the example included in Illustrated Catalogue of Old Oriental Ceramics Donated by Mr. Yokogawa, Tokyo, 1953, no. 363.
Other dishes of this type include one from the Greenwald Collection, illustrated by G.M. Greenwald, The Greenwald Collection, Two Thousand Years of Chinese Ceramics, 1996, p. 57, was sold at Christie's New York, 24-25 March 2011, lot 1784, and the dish sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 31 May 2010, lot 2056.
Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, New York, 19 - 20 September 2013