A small iron-red decorated 'dragon' cup. Qing dynasty, Kangxi period

the deep rounded sides rising to a slightly everted rim, decorated on the exterior in iron-red with a pair of dragons playfully striding in pursuit of a 'flaming pearl' through flames and cloud swirls and above splashing waves, all between double-line borders, inscribed on the base with an apocryphal Chenghua mark  - 6.3cm., 2 1/2 in. - Lot Sold: 62,500 HKD

PROVENANCE: A Private Japanese Collection

Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art. 08 Oct 08. Hong Kong - - Photo Courtesy Sotheby's