A large blue and white porcelain dish decorated with a four-clawed dragon chasing a flaming pearl amidst clouds - vividly drawn with the dragon's body wrapping over and continuing on the outside of the dish. The dish is covered with a clear glaze with a faint blue tint (more evident where it collects near the foot rim.) The base is unglazed and unmarked showing the finely grained paste. In Chinese mythology, the dragon symbolized the Emperor, and the pearl symbolized purity, truth, or wisdom - if "the dragon" loses that, he is left helpless and incapable of action. Qing Dynasty, Qianlong Period (1736-1795) Width: 10" (25.4 cm); Height: 2" (5.08 cm) Condition: Excellent condition with no cracks, chips or repairs. The rim edge is smooth to the touch. A small original firing flaw in the center near the corner of the dragon's mouth; one speck of kiln grit fused on dragon's body. Slight glaze wear commensurate with age. The dish rings clearly and long when tapped. The wooden stand shown in the photos is not included. Additional photos available on request.