Chinese imperial porcelain saucer dish 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 underside with aubergine grapes and green leaves on a yellow ground extending to the base.
5 1/8 inches, 13 cm diameter.
The base with a six-character mark of Kangxi within a double ring and of the period, 1662-1722.
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.
- It is rare to find the Kangxi mark written in a three-column form. A similar pair are illustrated by Regina Krahl in Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, Volume Four (II), where the author also notes, “it is very rare, however, to find examples with the Kangxi reign mark written in three lines rather than two”; a further pair, in the Umezawa Memorial Gallery, Tokyo, are illustrated by Masahiko Satō in Chinese Ceramics: A Short History, fig. 319. The style of mark indicates that this piece was made towards the end of Kangxi period, as stylistically the characters are similar to those written in the Yongzheng period.
- A related pair also with three-column marks in the Percival David collection, British Museum, are illustrated by Margaret Medley in Illustrated Catalogue of Ming Polychrome Wares in the Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art, nos. PDF.787 & 788, Plate VIII, p. 22.