A conical blue and white 'Dragon' bowl, Shunzhi period (1644-1661)

A conical blue and white 'Dragon' bowl, Shunzhi period (1644-1661)Estimate $2,500 - $3,500Price Realized $4,000 . Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2015

The conical bowl is painted on either side of the exterior with a four-clawed dragon amidst flames and a flaming pearl. The interior is decorated with a central medallion containing a circular shou character.  8 in. (20.3 cm.) diam.

ProvenanceAcquired in the 1980s.
Collection of Julia and John Curtis.

Christie's. AN ERA OF INSPIRATION: 17TH-CENTURY CHINESE PORCELAINS FROM THE COLLECTION OF JULIA AND JOHN CURTIS, 16 March 2015, New York, Rockefeller Plaza