Lot 3159. A green-enamelled 'dragon' jar and cover, Jiaqing six-character seal mark in underglazed blue and of the period (1795-1820)8 ½ in. (21.5 cm.) highEstimate $20,000 - USD 30,000Price realised 60,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2015

The ovoid body is decorated with two five-clawed dragons pursuing flaming pearls amidst clouds between a petal-lappet band below and a ruyi border and the Eight Buddhist Emblems (bajixiang) on the shoulder above. Another dragon chasing a flaming pearl is on the slightly domed top of the cover, and all is in underglaze blue under a green glaze

Provenance: Arpad Antiques, Inc., Washington DC, circa 1965.

Christie's. FINE CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART, 15 - 16 March 2015, New York, Rockefeller Plaza