16th Century Rare Turquoise Glazed Sculpture. A rare Chinese porcelain sculpture of a dragon head, in turquoise glaze, and excellent condition. This sculpture is 11 inches tall and 6 inches wide, from the 16th Century, Ming Dynasty.
Between 1575-1787, the Medici set up one of the first "porcelain" workshops in Europe, under the patronage of Francesco I. Called Medici Porcelain, it wasn't a true porcelain but a soft-paste variety. Used mainly for diplomatic gifts and as prestige items, only about 80 pieces survive to this day. True porcelain from China was exceedingly rare and expensive in the 16th Century and would have been the type of objects Francesco I kept in his cabinet-of-wonder.