A blanc-de-Chine porcelain vase
Height: 7 7/8 in, 20 cm
With a recessed base, a waisted body, a flat shoulder and a waisted neck terminating in an upright rim. A chilong, holding a leafy branch in its mouth, encircles the neck of the vase. The dragon has a single horn and a bifid tail. Apart from the base, the vessel is covered with an ivory-white glaze.
For similar examples, see Ayers, The Baur Collection Geneva: Chinese Ceramics, Vol. Two, no. A262; Bahr, Old Chinese Porcelain & Works of Art in China, pl. XVI (right); Donnelly, Blanc de Chine, pl. 49, fig. c; Ho et al, Splendour of the Qing Dynasty, no. 234; and Jörg, Chinese Ceramics in the Collection of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam: The Ming and Qing Dynasties, no. 276, p. 242.