Chinese imperial porcelain yellow ground saucer dish incised in the centre and painted with a green and aubergine five-clawed dragon in pursuit of a flaming pearl amongst stylised flames, within a double aubergine ring, the underside decorated with grapes and leaves also on a yellow ground extending to the base.
5 1/4 inches, 13.3 cm diameter.
The base with a six-character mark of Qianlong within a double ring and of the period, 1736-1795.
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.
- A similar dish with a six-character sealmark was included by Marchant in their exhibition of Qing Mark and Period Monochromes and Enamelled Wares, 1981, no. 28; another in the Percival David collection, British Museum, is illustrated by Margaret Medley in Illustrated Catalogue of Ming Polychrome Wares in the Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art, no. PDF.773, Plate VII, p. 19; another, donated by Henry Blackwall Harris, is also in the British Museum, collection no. 1925,1222.3; a further pair were included by Marchant in their exhibition of Imperial Chinese Porcelain, Ceramics & Works of Art, 2013, no. 34, pp. 72/3.
- It is rare to find a Qianlong six-character mark as opposed to normal six-character sealmark. This indicates the saucer dish was probably made at the beginning of the Qianlong period.