A rare and large Imperial blue and white 'dragon' dish Qianlong seal mark and of the period

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A rare and large Imperial blue and white 'dragon' dish
Qianlong seal mark and of the period

Sold for HK$ 1,860,000 (US$ 238,917) inc. premium
A rare and large Imperial blue and white 'dragon' dish
Qianlong seal mark and of the period
The well-potted body with rounded sides resting on a short slightly tapering circular foot, boldly painted in vibrant tones cobalt-blue tones with simulated 'heaped and piled' effect, the cavetto with a large full-face five-clawed winged-dragon pursuing the flaming pearl of wisdom, amidst dense leafy peony scrolls, the generously proportioned well superbly painted with two striding dragons amidst meandering lotus scrolls, all beneath the rim with a band of crashing and swirling waves, the reverse similarly decorated with two striding dragons amidst a blooming peony scroll, the base with a six-character zhuanshu seal mark in underglaze blue. 51.3cm (20 1/4in) diam.

Footnotes

  • 清乾隆 青花穿花應龍紋大盤 青花「大清乾隆年製」篆書款

    Provenance:
    A distinguished European private collection

    來源:
    顯赫歐洲私人收藏

    The magnificent dish was made in direct continuation from the Yongzheng period, demonstrating the popularity of this design; see two large blue and white 'dragon' dishes, Yongzheng marks and of the period, which were sold at Christie's New York, 22 March 2007, lot 336 and at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 8 April 2009, lot 1607. In turn the Yongzheng examples drew their inspiration from early Ming dynasty designs as demonstrated in the design of five dragons amidst lotus and peony scrolls on a blue and white dish, Xuande mark and period, and the winged dragon amidst waves painted in the well of a bowl, Xuande mark and period, illustrated by Liao Pao-show, A Panorama of Ceramics in the Collection of the National Palace Museum: Hsüan-te Ware I, Taipei, 2000, pls.2 and 66.

    Dishes of such large dimensions and powerful design were made to impress, and would have been used in Imperial banquets and celebrations, displaying the Imperial grandeur. The dish would have been specially commissioned and stand as testament to the ingenuity of the master potters. The winged dragon is known as ying long and is the longest-lived dragon according to the Kangxi literature Shu Yi Ji or 'Notes on Creatures'.

    A similar blue and white 'dragon' dish, Qianlong seal mark and period, is illustrated by A.du Boulay, Christie's Pictorial History of Chinese Ceramics, Oxford, 1984, p.203, no.2; see also another similar dish, Qianlong seal mark and period, which was sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 30 October 2001, lot 813, and another example, which was sold at Sotheby's New York, 5 December 1995, lot 295.

    Related large blue and white dishes, Qianlong seal mark and period, were painted with a full-faced dragon pursuing a pearl enclosing a shou character, with eight further dragons to the sides and undersides, all amidst clouds; see one example illustrated by R.Krahl and C.von Spee, Chinese Ceramics from the Gulexuan Collection, Lünen, 2003, no.123; and another example, was sold at Christie's New York, 24 March 2011, lot 1667.

    此式大盤,尺寸較大,不易燒造,或為特殊節慶或祭祀而定燒。其紋飾借鑒明代宣德穿花龍紋,雍正一朝即有燒造,見紐約佳士得曾售出一例,2007年3月22日,拍品336,以及香港蘇富比曾售出一例,2009年4月8日,拍品1607。乾隆三年《活計檔》亦對此類大盤有所記載:「六月二十五日,七品首領薩木哈、催總白世秀來說,太監高玉交宣窯串花青龍大盤一件。傳旨:交予燒造磁器處唐英照樣燒造。」明宣德之例,見台北故宮藏一件明宣德青花穿花龍紋盤,以及一件明宣德青花海獸紋盌,著錄於《故宮藏瓷大系宣德之部(上)》,台北,2000年,圖版2及66。

    大盤主題紋飾為「應龍」,或稱「翼龍」。根據康熙時期《述異記》描述,應龍為龍中壽命最長之龍。

    傳世品之例,見乾隆一例著錄於A.du Boulay,《Christie's Pictorial History of Chinese Art》,牛津,1984年,頁203,編號2。另見香港佳士得曾售出一例,2001年10月30日,拍品813;以及紐約蘇富比售出一例,1995年12月5日,拍品295。

    乾隆一朝燒造另一式樣龍紋捧壽大盤亦可資參考,見R.Krahl及C.von Spee著,《Chinese Ceramics from the Gulexuan Collection》,呂嫩,2003年,編號123;另見紐約佳士得售出一例,2011年3月24日,拍品1667。
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A rare and large Imperial blue and white 'dragon' dish Qianlong seal mark and of the period
A rare and large Imperial blue and white 'dragon' dish Qianlong seal mark and of the period
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