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DESC-A magnificent and fine copper-red and blue 'nine dragon' Vase
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DESC-A magnificent and fine copper-red and blue 'nine dragon' Vase (meiping) seal mark and period of Qianlong well potted with broad high shoulders gradually tapering to a gently splayed foot, superbly painted in early Ming style in copper-red with nine awesome five-clawed dragons with undulating scaly body, their eyeballs picked out in blue below forked horns issuing from a tufted mane, all prancing and striding in fury around the sides, reserved on a dense ground of rolling waves accented with high crests above two craggy pierced rocks emerging from the base in textured wash technique, all beneath the shoulder with a collar of pendent lappets enclosing bud motifs and a narrow border of scrolling lingzhi, the slightly waisted neck with upright plantain and lipped rim 34.4 cm., 13 1/2 in. Exhibited: Special Exhibition of Chinese Ceramics, Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo, 1994, cat.no.339. Two other nine-dragon meiping of Qianlong mark and period are painted in this extremely rare style with underglaze copper red dragons among cobalt blue waves, following early Ming prototypes: one from the Qing court collection in the Palace Museum, Beijing, is illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum: Blue and White Porcelain with Underglazed Red, Shanghai, 2000, vol.3, pl.205; the other in the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, is published in The T.T. Tsui Galleries of Chinese Art, Toronto, 1996, cat.no.124; and a second meiping in the Palace Museum, Beijing, has a similar design with the dragons painted in overglaze iron red, see Kangxi, Yongzheng, Qianlong: Qing Porcelain from the Palace Museum Collection, Hong Kong, 1989, p.327, pl.8. An unmarked meiping painted in underglaze red and blue with another version of this design, from the collection of Mrs. J.F. Pye, was sold in our London rooms, 27th November 1973, lot 275, and again in these rooms, 22nd May 1979, lot 197. Meiping vases of Qianlong mark and period, decorated in this complex technique in underglaze red and underglaze blue, are also known with other designs, all of them apparently done in very small numbers only, and none with the red used to such dramatic effect as on the present design. A meiping of the same proportions painted with fruit sprays was sold in these rooms as one of 'Eight Treasures from a Private Collection', 2nd November 1998, lot 301; two others with a different version of the fruit spray design are illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, op.cit., pl.231, and in Min Shin no Bijutsu, Tokyo, 1982, pl.168; and a piece in Taiwan painted with a red-and-blue lotus scroll design is included in the Illustrated Catalogue of Ch'ing Dynasty Porcelain in the National Palace Museum, Republic of China: Ch'ien-lung Ware and Other Wares, Tokyo, 1981, pl.20.\nQuantity: 1
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DESC-A magnificent and fine copper-red and blue 'nine dragon' Vase (meiping) seal mark and period of Qianlong well potted with broad high shoulders gradually tapering to a gently splayed foot, superbly painted in early Ming style in copper-red with nine awesome five-clawed dragons with undulating scaly body, their eyeballs picked out in blue below forked horns issuing from a tufted mane, all prancing and striding in fury around the sides, reserved on a dense ground of rolling waves accented with high crests above two craggy pierced rocks emerging from the base in textured wash technique, all beneath the shoulder with a collar of pendent lappets enclosing bud motifs and a narrow border of scrolling lingzhi, the slightly waisted neck with upright plantain and lipped rim 34.4 cm., 13 1/2 in. Exhibited: Special Exhibition of Chinese Ceramics, Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo, 1994, cat.no.339. Two other nine-dragon meiping of Qianlong mark and period are painted in this extremely rare style with underglaze copper red dragons among cobalt blue waves, following early Ming prototypes: one from the Qing court collection in the Palace Museum, Beijing, is illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum: Blue and White Porcelain with Underglazed Red, Shanghai, 2000, vol.3, pl.205; the other in the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, is published in The T.T. Tsui Galleries of Chinese Art, Toronto, 1996, cat.no.124; and a second meiping in the Palace Museum, Beijing, has a similar design with the dragons painted in overglaze iron red, see Kangxi, Yongzheng, Qianlong: Qing Porcelain from the Palace Museum Collection, Hong Kong, 1989, p.327, pl.8. An unmarked meiping painted in underglaze red and blue with another version of this design, from the collection of Mrs. J.F. Pye, was sold in our London rooms, 27th November 1973, lot 275, and again in these rooms, 22nd May 1979, lot 197. Meiping vases of Qianlong mark and period, decorated in this complex technique in underglaze red and underglaze blue, are also known with other designs, all of them apparently done in very small numbers only, and none with the red used to such dramatic effect as on the present design. A meiping of the same proportions painted with fruit sprays was sold in these rooms as one of 'Eight Treasures from a Private Collection', 2nd November 1998, lot 301; two others with a different version of the fruit spray design are illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, op.cit., pl.231, and in Min Shin no Bijutsu, Tokyo, 1982, pl.168; and a piece in Taiwan painted with a red-and-blue lotus scroll design is included in the Illustrated Catalogue of Ch'ing Dynasty Porcelain in the National Palace Museum, Republic of China: Ch'ien-lung Ware and Other Wares, Tokyo, 1981, pl.20.


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