Pair of Chinese imperial porcelain saucer dishes, each painted on a yellow ground and incised with a green and aubergine five-clawed dragon encircling a flaming pearl amongst stylised clouds and flames, the reverse incised with cranes in flight between ruyi-head clouds on a yellow ground extending to the base.

5 5/8  inches, 14.3 cm diameter.

The bases with six-character marks of Guangxu and of the period, 1875-1908.


Overall excellent condition.

Provenance & Additional Information

  • Formerly in the collection of Henry Mazot (1882-1956), who lived and worked in Beijing from the 1920’s for the Bank of Indochina where he finished as Chairman. The family left Beijing in 1946 to move back to France, where they settled in Normandy. Most of the Chinese porcelain in the family collection was left in wooden trunks in the basement of their chateau from 1946 until Christmas 2015, when his granddaughter who inherited the home decided to finally open them.
  • Included by Marchant in their exhibition of Qing Porcelain from Three Private Collections, 2019, no. 26, pp. 66/67.
  • A similar example, in the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, is illustrated by He Li in Chinese Ceramics, A New Comprehensive Survey, no. 622, p. 297.
  • A similar pair of Daoguang saucer dishes were included by Marchant in their exhibition of Qing Mark and Period Monochrome and Two-coloured Wares, 1992, no. 55, p. 67; another is illustrated by Peter Lam in Imperial Porcelain of Late Qing from the Kwan Collection, Art Gallery. The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 1983, no. 61, p. 78, where the author identifies this design as no. 48 on the 1864 imperial kiln production list and no. 47 on the 1900 imperial kiln production list.