In the centre of the plate’s interior is a five-clawed, descending dragon, its mouth closed. Three patches of swollen clouds are used to decorate the background. The exterior is decorated with two relatively simple five-clawed dragons. The bodies of the dragons are enamelled on the biscuit (the unglazed clay), with so called 'an hua' or 'secret decoration' of wave and rock patterns barely visible beneath the white glaze on the walls of the dish. This green enamelled ware with a white ground is distinctive of the Zhengde period.
Asian Art Department, AGNSW, January 2012
Saucer dish with green enamel dragon
Dish with dragon design
porcelain with green enamel decoration
4.2 x 18.0 cm
Not on display
Where the work was made
Shown in 2 exhibitions
Chinese porcelain of the Ming and Ch'ing dynasties, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 18 Feb 1977–26 Jun 1977
Dragon (2012), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 18 Jan 2012–06 May 2012
Referenced in 2 publications
J. Hepburn Myrtle, Chinese porcelain of the Ming and Ch'ing dynasties, Sydney, 1977, 8, 22. cat.no. 22. See Further Information for text.
Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'The Marvel of Porcelain', Sydney, 2003, 120 (colour illus.).