A rare Chinese famille rose tureen stand decorated with a dragon-fish. Qianlong period

Of shaped oval form, decorated in the famille rose palette and iron-red with foliated gilt rims, and painted with a leaping dragon-fish in iron-red and gilt in pursuit of a flaming pearl above billowing and crested white and pink enamelled waves, between ruyi-shaped clouds, the flat everted rim with pink flowerheads dispersed between gilt precious objects on a green and white-enamelled wave ground.

Period :
Late Qianlong (1735-1795), circa 1780
9.05 in. (23 cm)
Reference :


From a belgian collection

Related works

A pair of dragon-fish-form tureens and one stand, are illustrated by Jorge Welsh and Maria Antónia Pinto de Matos in The RA Collection of Chinese Ceramics, A Collector’s Vision, vol. 2, no. 255, pp. 110/1.

A pair of identical stands tureen, from the T. L. Cobb Collection (Newbridge House, Donabate, Co. Dublin) were published by  Stuart Marchant, 90th Anniversary Exhibition of Chinese Export Porcelain, 2015, p. 76, no. 49.

A set of four dragon-fish tureens, from the T. L. Cobb collection, was sold by Sotheby’s London, Chinese Decorative Arts and Export Porcelain, 3 november 1987, lot 738, pp. 204/5.


There is an old Chinese legend about a carp which transforms into a dragon and climbs a waterfall on its way to the upper reaches of the Yellow River, it is thus one of the symbols of the scholar, who pursues his studies through hardships. The subject is also associated with the rebus yuhualong, ‘fish transforming into dragons’, which implies the wish for success in the civil service examinations.

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