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    A Rare and Important Chinese Blue and White Dragon Dish, Ming Dynasty, Zhengde Period, circa 1506-1521
    Marks: Four-character Zhengde mark in underglaze blue within double circles and of the period
    1-5/8 h x 9-1/4 d inches (4.1 x 23.5 cm)

    This important dish dates to the Zhengde Period (1506-1521) and its distinct lotus and dragon decoration is characteristic of the motifs found on Imperial wares of the period. The low dish features a writhing five-toed dragon surrounded by lotus blossoms to the center reserve, bowl well with two elongated dragons in flight among lotus leaves, outer cavetto, and conforming dragon and lotus design above the footed base with ruyi head design.

    This particular design is one of two known iterations in which the two dragons to the interior cavetto are either depicted to the left/right or above/below of the central dragon. An identical version of the present design was donated to the British Museum by Sir John Addis (circa 1975) and is illustrated in Ming Ceramics in the British Museum, by Jessica Harrison-Hall, London, no. 8:16. A dish of this design is also documented in the sixth Scroll of Antiquities contained within the imperial collection of Guwan Tu, Yongzheng Emperor (1728) now housed in the British Museum.

    Reference:
    Christie's Hong Kong, The R.F.A. Riesco Collection of Important Chinese Ceramics, 27 November 2013, Lot 3116;
    Blue and White Porcelain with Underglazed Red (II), The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, 2000, p. 68, pl. 63.




    Condition Report*: Five short hairline cracks to the lip rim and a small missing flake, some light surface staining from usage, otherwise with surface wear indicative of age. A handsome and rare example of Zhengde porcelain.
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