Charger with Gold Dragon

Object nr. 936 China, Guangxu period (1875-1908) Diameter: 52 cm | Height: 8 cm

- Private Collection, Italy
- with Perotto, Italy

Condition Report available

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Addtional Infomation

Blue Porcelain Charger

This impressive large charger, enamelled all over in an even bright blue. It is decorated in gold with dragons and clouds. The central medallion is decorated in gold with a large five-claw dragon amongst clouds, swirling around a flaming pearl. The high side has a wide band with two pairs of confronting dragons, with a flaming pearl between them. The wide flat rim has an outer band of cracked ice pattern, with four reserved panels with a flower or plant; and a band with a diaper zigzag pattern. The reverse of the dish is also enamelled all over in blue, with the sides decorated in gold with foliate lotus scrolls. In the centre – within a double blue circle – is an apocryphal six-character mark for the emperor Qianlong. The high foot ring, has an unglazed white edge.

Apocryphal Marks

for hundreds of years Chinese artisans copied reign marks from earlier dynasties out of a respect and reverence for these earlier periods. These marks are often referred to as ‘apocryphal’ marks. These marks were not necessarily intended to fool buyers into thinking they were buying a genuine earlier work of art.

Floris van der Ven