Korean 18thc Dragon Jar @ Christie’s September 11

A Blue and White Porcelain Dragon Jar Joseon dynasty, 18th century

Christie’s is pleased to announce the Fall sale of Japanese and Korean Art, taking place September 11.  Featuring over 200 lots with works of art spanning medium and category, the sale offers a fantastic selection for collectors of all interests, from medieval books to paintings by modern masters.  The Korean session boasts an exquisite and monumental porcelain dragon jar.

An important monumental blue and white porcelain dragon jar of the 18th century Joseon dynasty was painted in a cobalt blue underglaze and was almost certainly commissioned by the royal courts .  This magnificent vessel depicts two striding dragons chasing a flaming pearl; developed in China, but adapted by Koreans, the juxtaposition of these two figures has come to represent the pursuit of knowledge.  By the 15th century, the dragon, particularly the five-clawed dragon (as is portrayed here), had come to represent the emperor in China and the king in Korea.

The central purpose of the jar was not for the display of cut flowers or branches, but rather for the elegant storage of wine and other liquids.  The bold form, vibrant brushwork, and silvery hued cobalt clue in light and dark tones make this an exceptional 18th century dragon jar.  Standing nearly two feet tall, its immense size pushes it to a virtual one-of-a-kind category.