A green-glazed blue and white meiping vase (neck restored), Qianlong mark and of the period
Lot 170
An extremely rare enamelled and blue 'nine-dragon' vase, meiping Qianlong seal mark and of the period
Sold for £385,250 (US$ 638,429) inc. premium
Auction Details
An extremely rare enamelled and blue 'nine-dragon' vase, meiping Qianlong seal mark and of the period A green-glazed blue and white meiping vase (neck restored), Qianlong mark and of the period A green-glazed blue and white meiping vase (neck restored), Qianlong mark and of the period A green-glazed blue and white meiping vase (neck restored), Qianlong mark and of the period A green-glazed blue and white meiping vase (neck restored) A green-glazed blue and white meiping vase (neck restored), Qianlong mark and of the period A green-glazed blue and white meiping vase (neck restored)
Lot Details
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

Footnotes

  • Provenance: a French private collection, given as a wedding gift in the 1920s and thence by descent

    The nine-dragon decoration on the present vase is highly symbolic of the emperor and indeed indicates that this vase may have been exclusively made for his use. This design of nine dragons can be seen on Imperial vases from the Qing Court Collection. However, no other vase of this particular combination of colour scheme, enamelling and design appears to have been published.

    Compare a blue and white 'nine-dragon' meiping, and a blue and copper-red 'nine-dragon' meiping, both Qianlong seal marks and period, from the Qing Court Collection, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum: Blue and White Porcelain with Underglaze Red (III), Hong Kong, 2000, Catalogue nos.116 and 205. The present design is a continuation from Yongzheng mark and period underglaze red and reserved white 'dragon' meiping, as illustrated in Selected Porcelain of the Flourishing Qing Dynasty, Beijing, 1994, p.169. These in turn were inspired by early 15th century prototypes, see Geng Baochang, Ming Qing ciqi jianding, Hong Kong, 1993, p.19, fig.26C.

    A related blue and copper-red 'nine-dragon' meiping, without a reign mark, attributed to the Qianlong period Hong Kong, 10 April 2006, lot 1536; and another blue and copper-red 'nine-dragon' meiping, unmarked, attributed to the Yongzheng/ Qianlong period, sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 11 April 2008, lot 2923.
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