Lot 3290. A rare aubergine and green-glazed 'Dragon' dish, Kangxi six-character mark in underglaze blue within a double circle and of the period (1662-1722)9 7/8 in. (25 cm.) diamEstimate HKD 1,000,000 - HKD 1,500,000. Price realised HKD 1,240,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2014.  


The interior is incised with a five-clawed dragon amidst clouds and flames in pursuit of a flaming pearl. The well and the exterior are encircled by two further striding dragons all decorated in aubergine reserved against a green ground, box.

NoteDuring the Qianlong period, regulations were enforced to specify designs and combinations allowed for use by Imperial household members. Dishes with green ground and aubergine dragons can be assigned to the fifth rank concubine, guiren, as quoted from the Regulation of the Palace of the Qing Dynasty. A similar dish in the Palace Museum, Beijing, is illustrated in Miscellaneous Enamelled Porcelains Plain Tricoloured Porcelains, The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Shanghai, 2009, no. 128.

Another dish is illustrated by Yang Boda in The Tsui Museum of Art. Chinese Ceramics IV; Qing Dynasty, Hong Kong, 1995, no. 115; and another is illustrated in The S. C. Ko Tianminlou Collection, Part II, Hong Kong, 1987, p. 132, no. 87; and a third is illustrated in Treasures in the Royalty: The Official Kiln Porcelain of the Chinese Qing Dynasty, Shanghai, 2003, p. 74. Also compare to a similar dish exhibited in the Art Gallery, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Qing Imperial Porcelain of the Kangxi, Yongzheng and Qianlong Reigns, Hong Kong, 1995, and illustrated in the Catalogue, no. 30.


Dish. Porcelain with incised decoration of dragons, flames and clouds and white, green and aubergine glazes. Six character Kangxi reign mark in underglaze blue within a double circle on the base. China, Jiangxi province, Jingdezhen. Kangxi period, AD 1662-1722. Diameter 31.3 cm. Donated by George Eumorfopoulos (GE 2857). © Benaki Museum.

Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Hong Kong, 26 November 2014