A fine famille verte biscuit-enamelled dish. Kangxi six-character mark within double-circles and of the period (1662-1722). Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2010
The shallow rounded sides rising to a flaring rim, painted to the interior in vibrant yellow, turquoise, green and aubergine enamels with branches of ripening peach and pomegranate, the centre incised with a five-clawed dragon chasing a 'flaming pearl' amidst fire scrolls, the well with two similar dragons, the exterior painted with branches of peony and camellia, two further incised dragons and a band of lotus panels above the foot; 9 3/4 in. (24.8 cm.) diam. Estimate HK$1,200,000 - HK$1,800,000. Price Realized HK$2,540,000 ($328,423)
Provenance: Previously sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 24 November 1987, lot 195
Notes: A number of dishes of this pattern are published: compare a dish in the S. C. Ko Tianminlou collection, illustrated in Chinese Porcelain, Part 1, Hong Kong, 1987, no. 80; another included in The Exhibition of Chinese Ceramics of Eight Dynasties, National Museum of History, Taipei, 1987, p. 86; one exhibited in The Wonders of the Potter's Palette, Hong Kong Museum of Art, November 1984-January 1985, no. 22; another in the Tokyo National Museum included in Oriental Ceramics, The World's Great Collections, Tokyo, 1982, vol. 1, no. 158; and a pair sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 11 April 2008, lot 2918. The unusual double decoration can also be found on bowls, such as the example from the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, illustrated by He Li, Chinese Ceramics, A New Comprehensive Survey, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, 1996, pl. 614.
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