24 octobre 2021

A very rare yellow and green-enameled dragon vase, Jiaqing incised six-character seal mark and of the period

A very rare yellow and green-enameled dragon vase, Jiaqing incised six-character seal mark and of the period

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Lot 874. A very rare yellow and green-enameled dragon vase, Jiaqing incised six-character seal mark and of the period (1796-1820); 12 13/16 in. (32.5 cm.)Price realised USD 200,000 (Estimate USD 150,000 - USD 200,000). © Christie's 2021

The vase is decorated with three incised and green-enameled five-clawed dragons writhing amidst clouds in pursuit of flaming pearls on a yellow ground, all between bands of waves and stylized jewels.

ProvenanceEstate of Count Federico Zichy Thyssen (1935-2014), Paraguay.
Acquired directly from the above by the present owner.

NoteThe most prestigious decorative motif seen in the three-dimensional arts made for the Chinese imperial court in the Qing dynasty is the Imperial dragon - the symbol of the Son of Heaven, the Emperor himself. Carefully incised with finely rendered scales and claws, the dragons on this vase raise their heads in lively anticipation of grasping the flaming pearl.

A very similar vase from an English private collection is illustrated by Marchant in Imperial Chinese Porcelain, Ceramics & Works of Art, London, 2013, p. 82, no. 39. See, also, a bottle vase of comparable height to the present lot, Jiaqing mark and period, decorated with a similar pattern of incised green-enameled dragons on a yellow ground, in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, illustrated by J. Ayers and M. Sato in Ceramic Art of the World, Volume 15, Ching Dynasty, Tokyo, 1983, p. 184, no. 236.

Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, New York, 23-24 september 2021


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