An especially fine Chinese porcelain Kangxi period covered jar, hand-painted in the Chinese taste in underglaze blue with a pair of three-clawed dragons grasping at lotus sprays amongst a background of ruyi clouds, flames, and two of the ‘Eight Treasures’ – the double cash coins and an artemesia leaf. The base is inscribed with an apocryphal Chenghua horizontal six-character mark. In Chinese mythology Quilong is the dragon, associated with the sky and powerful enough to control the rain. The coins symbolize wealth and the artemesia leaf good luck and prevention against disease. Measuring 6 1/2″, in remarkably good condition considering its age, and topped with a finely carved wood cover. Circa 1662-1722. $3600.