Lot 1762. A small green-glazed scallop-rimmed dish, Qianlong seal mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1736-1795); 5¼ in. (13.2 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 10,000 - USD 15,000Price realised USD 30,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011. 

With shallow rounded sides flaring towards the scalloped rim, the center incised with a five-clawed, full-face dragon leaping around a flaming pearl amidst flower sprigs, with a similar design repeated as a frieze around the sides of the interior and on the exterior, all within black line borders under a glaze of leaf-green tone.

Provenance: The Jingguantang Collection Part II; Christie's, New York 20, March 1997, lot 96.

LiteratureThe Tsui Museum of Chinese Art, Chinese Ceramics IV, Hong Kong, 1995, no. 42 (one of a pair).

Note: A dish of this unusual type, also with a Qianlong mark, and possibly the same dish, was included in the Min Chiu Society exhibition, Splendour of the Qing Dynasty, Hong Kong Museum of Art, 9 June - 2 August 1992, p. 354, no. 221. Dishes of this shape and with this decoration are more usually decorated in green on a yellow ground, such as the example from the T.Y. Chao Collection included in the exhibition Ch'ing Porcelain from the Wah Kwong Collection, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 1973, no. 41, which has floral sprigs rather than dragons on the exterior.

Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Part I and Part II Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, New York, 24 March 2011