A blue and white 'dragon' bowl


Lot 3165. A blue and white 'dragon' bowl.  Yu tang jia qi mark and period of Wanli. Estimation 80,000-100,000 HKD. Lot sold 325,000 HKD. photo Sotheby's

the deep rounded sides rising from a short tapering foot to an everted rim, the interior brightly painted in shaded tones of cobalt with a ferocious en face dragon amidst clouds within a double-lines border repeated at the rim, the exterior with four medallions of dragons writhing amidst clouds in pursuit of a 'flaming pearl', interspersed with 'The Eight Treasures', the base inscribed with the eight-character mark Wanli nian zhi yu tang jia qi' (Fine vessel for the Jade Hall, made during the Wanli reign) within double circles; 12.9 cm., 5 1/8 in. 

Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art. Hong Kong | 04 avr. 2012 www.sothebys.com