Two iron red 'dragon' wine cups, Guangxu six-character marks and of the period

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Two iron red 'dragon' wine cups, Guangxu six-character marks and of the periodEstimate US$ 3,000 - 5,000 (€2,700 - 4,500). Photo: Bonhams.

Each of inverted bell form but slightly different size to the rim and foot, the exterior painted with two striding dragons, one in profile and the other with its head turned backwards as they pursue flaming peals above a band of breaking waves, the reign mark written in underglaze blue standard script to the center of each recessed base. 2 3/16 and 2 1/4in (5.9 and 5.8cm) diameter

NotesFor a pair of 'dragon' cups of similar diameter, also with underglaze blue Guangxu six-character marks and of the period, see Bonhams, London, sale 17859, 11 November 2010, lot 261 (5.8cm diameter); and S. Marchant & Son, Exhibition of Qing Mark and Period Monochromes and Enamelled Wares, 1981, no.45 (5.8cm diameter). See also the pair of 'dragon cups' with iron red six-character Guangxu marks sold in Bonhams, Hong Kong, sale 21940, 27 November 2014, lot 191 (6cm diameter).

A pair of iron-red 'dragon' wine cups Guangxu six-character marks and of the period

A pair of iron-red 'dragon' wine cups Guangxu six-character marks and of the period. Sold for £3,600 (€5,069) at Bonhams London, 6 Nov 2008. Photo: Bonhams.

Bonhams London, 14 May 2012

A pair of iron-red 'two-dragon' wine cups Daoguang seal marks. Sold for £8,750 (€12,322) at Bonhams London, 14 May 2012. Photo: Bonhams.

Bonhams London, 15 May 2014

A pair of iron-red 'dragon' wine cups, Guangxu six-character marks and of the period. Sold for £4,000 (€5,633) at Bonhams London, 15 May 2014. Photo: Bonhams.

Bonhams Hong Kong, 27 Nov 2014

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A pair of iron-red 'dragon' wine cups, Guangxu six-character marks and of the period. Sold for HK$ 87,500 (€10,073)) at Bonhams Hong Kong, 27 Nov 2014. Photo: Bonhams.

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