A RARE CHINESE IMPERIAL BLUE AND WHITE 'DRAGON' DISH.
Qing Dynasty, 18th Century.
With rounded sides rising from a slightly tapered foot, the interior roundel painted in underglaze blue with a five-clawed dragon coiled around a flaming pearl among further flames and clouds, two horns to the front-facing head, the mouth open to reveal a fearsome set of teeth, within a double circle, a further double circle banding the rim, the exterior similarly decorated with two further five clawed dragons each chasing the other's tail and separated by a flaming pearl, bordered to the top and bottom by narrow bands, the base unglazed, 34.5cm diameter.
Provenance: a European private collection since circa 1960s, by repute.
Sold for £27,500
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