A Fine Yellow-ground Aubergine and Green-enameled "Dragon" Saucer Dish

Qianlong six-character kaishu mark in aubergine within double circles and of the Period (1736-95)

4 1/4 inches diam.


Finely incised and enameled to the interior with two five-clawed dragons contesting a flaming pearl within a double circle below alternate peach and flower sprays in the cavetto, the exterior with two sinuous chilong divided by lingzhi sprays.


For a pair of similarly decorated saucer dishes of identical size, see Christie's, Hong Kong, 3 June 2015, Lot 3142.


The design of this dish is based on an earlier Ming Dynasty prototype dating to the Wanli period (1573-1619). An example of this type sas sold at Sotheby's,Hong Kong, The E. T. Chow Collection, 19 May 1981, lot 439.


Unusually, our example retains the cavetto decoration seen in the earlier models but often left undecorated in the 18th century dishes. For examples with the undecorated cavetto, see Sotheby's, Hong Kong, 8 October 2013, lot 3266; and a larger dish was offered at Christie's, London, 6 November  2018, lot 242.