Lot 3566. A Carved Blue-Glazed ‘Dragon’ Dish, Mark And Period Of Yongzheng (1723-1735). H 33.5cm. Sold for HKD 720,000/USD 92,308 (Estimate HKD 320,000 - 480,000/USD 41,026 - 61,538). © Poly Auction Hong Kong Limited

Inscribed clawed dragon in flight amidst wispy clouds and waves, the exterior applied with a cobalt-blue glaze stopping neatly at the foot, the interior and the base are dressed in creamy white glaze. This design of dragon vividly depicted in a powerful posture with prominent jaws and distinctive features leaping amidst flaming pearls above waves and was carved in advance on the body before covered by the glaze. The base inscribed with a six-character reign mark within a double-circle.

Provenance: The Meiyintang Collection.

Literature: Regina Krahl, Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, vol. 2, London, 1994-2010, p.197, no.848.

Note: Only one other flambé-glazed vase of this form and design is known, included in the Min Chiu Society Thirty-fifth Anniversary EXHIBITION, In Pursuit of Antiquities, Hong Kong, 1995, illustrated in the Catalogue, pl. 137, and subsequently sold in Christie’s Hong Kong, The Jingguantang Collection, 3 November 1996, lot 564.

Cf. other related flambé-glazed vases bearing Yongzheng marks, although none of this exact form, in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in Kangxi, Yongzheng, Qianlong, Hong Kong, 1989, pp. 278-281, pls. 107-110.

Poly Auction. A Romance Among Blooming Roses: The Meiyintang Collection of Three Dynasties Imperial Ceramics,  Hong Kong, 2 December 2021.