Chinese Longquan monochrome celadon glazed deep dish with flat everted rim and tapered foot rim, applied in the centre with a relief moulded open-mouth writhing dragon with detailed scales on his body in a slightly recessed well, encircled by carved stylised flowers and scrolls with comb technique, the exterior moulded with thirty-five radiating relief lotus petals, the base covered overall in an even pale celadon sea-green glaze, the knife-cut biscuit foot burnt orange at the edges revealing the high-fired biscuit body.

13 7/8 inches, 35.3 cm diameter.

Early Yuan Dynasty, Longquan kilns, Zhejiang Province, late 13th to early 14th century.


Inner foot chip, otherwise overall excellent condition.

Provenance & Additional Information

  • Formerly in the collection of Francesco Maria Marchese Taliani de Marchio (1887-1968), Grand Officer of the Italian Crown, Commander of the Order of St Maurice and Lazarus, Commander of the Order of Pius IX (Ordine Piano); also in the collection of his wife, the Archduchess Maragaretha d’Austria Toscana, Marchesa Taliani de Marchio (1894-1986).
    Most of the collection of the Marchese and Marchesa Taliani de Marchio was purchased in China between 1939 and 1943 in Beijing and Shanghai.
  • A similar dish of this size with the dragon in an identical position was included by William Willetts in the exhibition of Chinese Celadons and Other Related Wares in Southeast Asia, compiled by the Southeast Asian Ceramic Society, Singapore, and jointly organised by the National Museum of Singapore, 1979, no. 169, pp.202/3, pl. 129 and front cover; another, also with a dragon in an identical position, is included by Regina Krahl and John Ayers in Chinese Ceramics in the Topkapi Saray Museum, Istanbul, A Complete Catalogue I, no. 62, pp. 256/7; a related dish, in the Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art, the British Museum, again with the same dragon writhing between two cloud banks, dated Southern Song or Yuan Dynasty, 13th century, is included by Margaret Medley in The World’s Great Collections, Oriental Ceramics, Vol. 6, no. 43; another, with the same dragon and a single flaming pearl, is included by Tsugio Mikami in Sekai Toji Zenshu, volume 13, Ceramic Art of the World, Liao, Chin and Yuan Dynasties, no. 165, p. 185.