A pair of iron-red 'dragon' wine cups

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Lot 249. A pair of iron-red 'dragon' wine cups, Qianlong seal marks and period (1736-1795); height 1 3/4 in., 4.4 cm - Estimate 20,000—30,000 USDLot Sold 27,500 USD. Photo courtesy Sotheby's 2010

with steep sides and slightly flared at the rim, the exterior finely painted with iron-red enamel depicting two five-clawed dragons contesting a 'flaming pearl' above cresting waves (2)

Sotheby's. Fine Ceramics and works of Art. 15 Sept 2010. New York