From our Chinese Blue and White Collection, a very fine Yongzheng (1723 -1735) Mark and Period Dragon Dish of shallow saucer form, depicting an animated dragon clutching a flaming pearl in its right claw while its winding body wraps around the dish and extends onto the reverse, all set against a backdrop of cloud motifs. The entire composition is extremely well-executed in a rich deep blue. The Yongzheng six character mark is contained within double circles and is of the period. The mark is slightly off-center but otherwise well-drawn.
This dish is one of an identical pair originally sent up for auction at Christies in 2007, but was pulled prior to auction due to damage during shipping. The companion dish has since been sold separately.
Size and Condition: 8 inches in diameter. One hairline approximately 2 1/4 inches long which has now been sealed and stabilized, and two small chips near the 10 o'clock position that have been filled. The dish still rings well.