A Chinese Green-Enameled Dragon Jar, Qianlong Mark and Period (1736-1795)
porcelain and enamel
7 7/8 x 7 3/8 x 7 3/8 in, 20 x 18.7 x 18.7 cm
Estimate: $80,000 - $100,000 CAD
Sold for: $97,250
Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave
Collection of Dikran Garabed Kelekian (1868-1951)
Collection of Nanette B. Kelekian, until 2005
Sotheby's New York, September 11, 2012, lot 267
Private Collection, Toronto
Of ovoid tapering body rising to a rounded broad shoulder and a short straight neck. Decorated in green enamel with a pair of dragons each chasing a flaming pearl amongst clouds and flames, all embraced between a frieze of the Eight Buddhist Emblems to the shoulder and a lappet band. Having six Qianlong mark in blue to the base.
The present jar is exceptional for its bold painting of two large dragons chasing flaming pearls. Each of the details including the dragons, Buddhist emblems and borders are finely outlined in cobalt blue. The cobalt blue is also used to create texture and a sense of movement through the dragons’ fine fish-like scales and their flowing manes.
Even though this type of green dragon design is most often found on dishes and bowls during the 18thCentury, their presence on jars is rarer. Compare with published examples such as the covered jar illustrated in Chinese Ceramics - The S.C. Ko Tianminlou Collection, Hong Kong, 1987, pl. 114; and in the National Palace Museum, illustrated in Enamelled Ware of the Ch'ing Dynasty, Book II, CAFA, Hong Kong, 1969, pl. 13.
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