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A green-enamelled dragon jar and cover, Qianlong six-character seal mark and of the period

In Appreciation of China:Monochromes

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Decorated in underglaze blue line under soft green enamels, against the white glazed ground, with two five-clawed dragons striding in pursuit of flaming pearls amidst scrolling clouds and flames, beneath a band of Buddhist Emblems, the ‘bajixiang’ and a band of ‘ruyi’ heads around the shoulder, and above petal lappets around the base, the cover with a similar dragon medallion above a band of ‘ruyi’ heads on the sides, the base bearing the underglaze blue six character mark of Qianlong.PROVENANCE: Chak's, Hong KongIt is quite rare to find jars of this design complete with their covers. Compare with similar Qianlong-marked jars with covers: 1, illustrated in 《Porcelain of the National Palace Museum, Enamelled Ware of the Ch'ing Dynasty》, Book II, Hong Kong, 1969, pl.13. 2, illustrated in 《Chinese Porcelain: The S. C. Ko Tianminlou Collection》, vol. 1, Hong Kong Museum of Art, 1987, pl. 114. 3, in the Jingdezhen Ceramic Museum, illustrated in 《Heitokuchin Jiki》, Kyoto, 1982, pl.118. 4, two sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 1 December 2010, lot 2831, and 1 June 2011, lot 3994.
Decorated in underglaze blue line under soft green enamels, against the white glazed ground, with two five-clawed dragons striding in pursuit of flaming pearls amidst scrolling clouds and flames, beneath a band of Buddhist Emblems, the ‘bajixiang’ and a band of ‘ruyi’ heads around the shoulder, and above petal lappets around the base, the cover with a similar dragon medallion above a band of ‘ruyi’ heads on the sides, the base bearing the underglaze blue six character mark of Qianlong.PROVENANCE: Chak's, Hong KongIt is quite rare to find jars of this design complete with their covers. Compare with similar Qianlong-marked jars with covers: 1, illustrated in 《Porcelain of the National Palace Museum, Enamelled Ware of the Ch'ing Dynasty》, Book II, Hong Kong, 1969, pl.13. 2, illustrated in 《Chinese Porcelain: The S. C. Ko Tianminlou Collection》, vol. 1, Hong Kong Museum of Art, 1987, pl. 114. 3, in the Jingdezhen Ceramic Museum, illustrated in 《Heitokuchin Jiki》, Kyoto, 1982, pl.118. 4, two sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 1 December 2010, lot 2831, and 1 June 2011, lot 3994.

Appreciation of China:Monochromes

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