A blue and white 'dragon' box and cover Qianlong
Lot 396
A blue and white 'dragon' box and cover Qianlong
Sold for HK$ 362,500 (US$ 46,727) inc. premium

Lot Details
A blue and white 'dragon' box and cover Qianlong
Property from an important private collection (lots 381-403)
A blue and white 'dragon' box and cover
Qianlong
The centralised double bordered panel with a forward facing five claw dragon in flight chasing flaming pearl amidst wispy clouds, with further repeated designs at the cavetto above crashing waves at the foot, the base with an apocryphal six-character Chenghua mark within double circles.
6.8cm diam. (2).

Footnotes

  • 清乾隆 青花雲龍搶珠紋印泥蓋盒

    Provenance 來源:
    Phillips London, 9 June 2000, lot 11

    Compare a blue and white Qianlong reign-marked dragon seal box and cover with from the Qing court collection, preserved in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in Small Refined Articles of the Study. The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Shanghai, 2009, p.282, no.286. For other related examples sold at auction, see Sotheby's Hong Kong 15-16 January 1988, lot 185; and another sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 1 January 2004, lot 1087.

    印泥盒為文房用具,也稱印色盒,裡盛藏印泥,為古代文人重要使用品及不可或缺之物,在中國古之文士或藝術家等,均有在其詩、書、畫上留印蓋章之習,故印泥盒更加突顯其重要性。在明清之際印泥盒使用性大增,消耗量極大,其製作材料也因而步入多元化,無論是金、銀、銅、鐵、竹、木、牙、角、玉、石、漆、瓷等,均被羅列其中去作印盒,在這裡邊如本拍品瓷製印盒卻是奇少,究其原因可能是瓷本屬易碎物,稍一不慎即碎而毀之,故存世品不多也不足為怪。

    拍品乾隆青花瓷器小印泥盒,器形雖不大,但其倣成官窯那種輕盈繪工及素雅青花釉色,卻已達唯妙唯肖之境界,在乾隆朝刻意倣明朝成化官窯的例子比比皆是,其中鬪彩雞缸杯在清朝.康、雍、乾年間大量被倣製,且落款方式及筆劃風格都與本拍品般均落「大明成化年製」六字款,就是一例。

    由此推論,可得知此乾隆御窯廠所燒製圖繪青花雲龍,鱗爪生動出沒於雲海中,傳承有序,來源清楚不尋常的青花龍紋瓷器印盒,是極難得的一件文房官窯精品,彌足珍貴。北京故宮博物院收藏有一件幾近相同青龍鳳紋瓷印泥盒可作比較。
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