Fine Blue And White Rouleau Dragon Vase

Qing Dynasty 18th century.

Porcelain

Jingdezhen, Jiangxi Province, China.

H: 44cm D: 21cm

Provenance:
      • Deaccessioned from the Royal Ontario Museum in 1969 Formerly in the George Crofts Collection.
    • Private Canadian Collection.

Exterior painted with a fierce five-claw dragon spiralling around the wide rouleau vase and chasing flaming pearls, decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. The dragon is painted on an ‘anhua’ or ‘secret decoration’ incised ground of waves and clouds, only visible upon a closer inspection. Double concentric cobalt blue rings to the base.