Lot 127. A reticulated white jade 'dragon' plaque, Ming dynasty (1368-1644); 5.8 by 7 cm. Lot sold: 94,500 HKD (Estimate: 30,000 - 50,000 HKD). © Sotheby's 2022
the rectangular plaque rendered with cusped corners, reticulated with a four-clawed dragon shown in frontal view, clutching a pearl and writhing against a ground of scrolling tendrils issuing lingzhi, its body detailed with cross-hatching.
Provenance: Pin Chen Tang, Hong Kong, 18th February 1993.
Literature: Jessica Rawson, Chinese Jade from the Neolithic to the Qing, London, 1995, pl. 25:26.
Exhibited: British Museum, London, on loan, 1995.
Sotheby's. HOTUNG The Personal Collection of the late Sir Joseph Hotung: Part 1, Hong Kong, 9 October 2022