Lot 2940. A rare Ming-style incised and green-enamelled ‘dragon’ vase, meiping, Kangxi period (1662-1722); 15 1⁄2 in. (39.5 cm.) high, boxPrice realised HKD 1,250,000 (Estimate HKD 1,000,000 - HKD 2,000,000)© Christie's 2021

The vase is rising from a slightly flared foot to a high rounded shoulder, surmounted by a short neck and lipped rim, boldly incised and brightly enamelled in green with two pairs of dragons pursuing the flaming pearls, above two further dragons among scattered cloud scrolls, and with traces of lightly incised anhua decoration. 

Provenance: The H.M. Knight (d. 1971) Collection
Sold at Sotheby’s Hong Kong, 21-21 May 1980, lot 212
Ralph M. Chait Gallery, New York (according to label).

Note: The shape and unusual decoration of this meiping are based on Ming prototypes such as the example with a Hongzhi mark in the British Museum, illustrated by S. Jenyns, in Ming Pottery and Porcelain, London, 1953, pl. 76B. Compare to a Kangxi mark and period green-enamelled ‘dragon’ bowl in the Palace Museum collection, illustrated in Gugong bowuyuan cang gutaoci ziliao xuancui, Volume 2, Beijing, 2005, p. 103, no. 81.

Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Hong Kong, 3 december 2021