Qianlong or Jiaqing period, late 1700s
Molded in the form of a sauce dish with an attached handle in the shape of a stylized dragon, this was an item of fairly high quality made for the Chinese market—not for export. It is covered with a thick imperial yellow glaze on the exterior and the interior is enameled in turquoise. It is raised on a tall foot of which the interior and base is clear glazed with a slight bluish tone. The footring is unglazed and the originally white porcelain now displays a brown tone from age and use. A small bit of kiln grit adheres to one side of the footring. The yellow enamel is painted over with pale green enamel decoration—very skillfully painted with a band of floral scrool work in the middle register with three red enamel open lotus flowers. The mouth is encircled with a dot and arch design in light green enamel and the foot has a green enamel panel design. The dragon handle is enameled red over which is a stylized gilded decoration. Worn traces of gilding remain on the mouth rim. There is wear to the interior and mouthrim. The overall condition is good with no damages. Remains of old tape and part of an old label are visible on the base. The stand is well-fitted and appears to be antique and carved specifically for this vessel. It is a blackish hardwood, possibly zitan.
Height: 2 7/8 in., with stand: 3 7/8 in.; Length: 5 ¼ in.