A Fine Blue and White and Iron-Red Porcelain Tea Boat,
Yang He Tang Zhi Hall Mark, Qing Dynasty, 18th/19th Century
清十八/十九世紀 養和堂製 青花礬紅龍紋茶船
Moulded in the form of a boat, the interior depicting a iron-red five-clawed dragon within ruyi clouds, the underside painted with two iron-red five-clawed dragons striding among clouds in pursuit of a 'flaming pearl', the base inscribed in black enamel with a four character Yanghe Tang zhi hall mark within double squares
width 5.5" — 13.8 cm.
The Yanghe Tang ('Hall for Cultivating Harmony') was built during the reign of the Qianlong Emperor 乾隆 and located in the Summer Palace Yuanming Yuan 圓明園. Porcelain vessels intended for this hall and marked accordingly were produced into the 19th century.
The current lot was featured in the first issue of Cang You Jing Ying 藏友精英 published in the 1990s