Lot 3588. A Small Blue And White ‘Dragon’ Jardiniere, Seal Mark And Period Of Qianlong (1736-1795). H 23.7cm. Sold for HKD 1,200,000 /USD 153,846 (Estimate HKD 650,000 - 950,000/USD 83,333 - 121,795). © Poly Auction Hong Kong Limited

The jardinière is potted with the steeply rounded sides rising to a gently lipped rim. The exterior is painted around the body in vibrant and rich cobalt-blue tone with a pair of five-clawed dragons striding among clouds above a band of foaming waves. The slightly concave base with an unglazed ring encircles a further recessed-central medallion, inscribed with a six-character reign mark in underglaze blue.

Provenance: The Meiyintang Collection

Note: For a very similar jardinière in the Nanjing Museum, see Treasures in the Royalty: The Official Kiln Porcelain of the Chinese Qing Dynasty, Shanghai, 2003, p.274.

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