A pair of Chinese imperial porcelain saucer dishes painted and carved with a green and aubergine dragon encircling a flaming pearl amongst stylised clouds and flames, the underside with aubergine, grapes and green leaves, all on a rich egg-yolk yellow ground.

5 1/8 inches, 13.1 cm diameter.

The underside with a six character mark of Tongzhi and of the period, 1862-1874.


Excellent condition, one with small natural fire spots.

Provenance & Additional Information

  • Formerly in a private European collection.
  • A similar dish also bearing the Tonzhi mark, from the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, illustrated by Hepburn Myrtle in Late Chinese Imperial Porcelain, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1980, no. 43, p. 31; Another bearing a Daoguang mark is illustrated by Peter Lam in Imperial Porcelain of Late Qing from the Kwan Collection, Art Gallery, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 1983, no. 60, p. 77.