Ming Rarity, Engraved Imperial Grade Dragon Vase
A fine and rare yellow ground, green dragon engraved and enameled vase, early to mid 16th century and dating from the Zhengde to Jiajing reigns. Here, two dragons, each chase the flaming pearl. The origin of such combination glaze comes from the earlier Imperial Chenghua kilns of the 15th century..The somewhat later type, at its best, as here, has a rather distinctive diffused, almost dreamlike glaze, the ultra lively spirit of the designs bring these few and rare pieces, forward from the exacting and stiffer archaic of the earlier. Its powerful dynamics overcome its modest size, the finess of its unglazed paste speak to Imperial kilns, its flawless condition further enhances this precious pot. 5 3/8" high x 4" widest. As reference, last two images are from the Palace Museum, Beijing, ..an even later jar (Wan Li), with color reverse and a Zhengde teapot (1506-1521).