An extremely rare enamelled and blue 'nine-dragon' vase, meiping
Qianlong seal mark and of the period
The slender tapering vase with high shoulders rising to the short slightly waisted neck surmounted by a lipped everted rim, superbly enamelled in vivid iron-red with nine three and five-clawed dragons in various vibrant postures, all amidst swirling crested waves above rocky islands in underglaze blue and green enamel, the shoulders painted in shades of underglaze blue with borders of lotus petal panels and a foliate lingzhi fungus scroll, the neck with upright leaves.
34.6cm (13 5/8in) high
Chinese Works of Art
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