Pair of Chinese imperial porcelain small yellow ground saucer dishes, each incised in green and aubergine with two five-clawed dragons in pursuit of a flaming pearl amongst stylised flames and clouds, encircled by six branches of peach flowers and fruits, the underside of each with two dragons between lingzhi branches.

4 1/4 inches, 10.8 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.
  • A similar pair of Kangxi dishes of this pattern, 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. 787 & 788, Plate VIII, p. 22; another pair were included by Sotheby’s Hong Kong in their auction of The Edward T. Chow Collection, Part One, Ming and Qing Porcelain, 25th November 1980, lot 145, pp. 138/9.
  • A Qianlong example in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, is illustrated by Liu Liang-yu in Ch’ing Official and Popular Wares, A Survey of Chinese Ceramics (5), p. 167; A Daoguang example was illustrated by Marchant in their exhibition of Qing Mark and Period Monochromes and Enamelled Wares, 1981, no. 29; 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. 59, p. 77, where the author identifies this design as no. 49 on the 1864 imperial kiln production list and no. 48 on the 1900 imperial kiln production list; another Daoguang example, in the Princessehof Museum, Leeuwarden, is illustrated by Christine van de Pijl-Ketel and Christien F. W. Smits in From Empire to People’s Republic, catalogue no. 6, collection no. 1526, pp. 56/7; a Xuantong example is illustrated by Gunhild Avitabile in the exhibition catalogue of From the Dragon’s Treasure, Chinese Porcelain from the 19th and 20th centuries in the Weishaupt Collection, 1987, no. 165, p. 117.