A fine wucai-decorated dragon and phoenix bowl, Qianlong seal mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1736-1795)

A fine wucai-decorated dragon and phoenix bowl, Qianlong seal mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1736-1795) © Christie's Image 2003

The exterior decorated with dragons in green and iron-red striding amidst foliate meander in pursuit of flaming pearls, separated by two descending phoenixes below a band of the conjoined bajixiang, with an iron-red dragon roundel in the interior - 5 7/8in. (14.8cm.) diam. Lot 324. Estimate $15,000 - $25,000. Price Realized $16,730 

Provenance: Christie's, Hong Kong, 25 October 1993, lot 741. 

Property from the Benjamin F. Edwards III Collection

Notes: A bowl of this pattern with a Qianlong seal mark in the Qing Court Collection is illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum - Porcelains in Polychrome and Contrasting Colours, vol. 38, Beijing, 1999, p. 148, no. 136. An earlier, Kangxi, version of this pattern can be seen on p. 147, no. 135. 

Christie's. FINE CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART, 18 September 2003, New York, Rockefeller Plaza