Lot 823. A rare pair of iron-red and gilt-decorated shell-shaped saucers, Qing dynasty, Daoguang period (1821-1850), jixiang ruyi mark. Estimate 50,000 — 70,000 HKD. Lot sold 62,500 HKD. Photo Sotheby's.
each in the form of a scallop shell with undulating sides below the lobed rim and the interior moulded as a shell, painted in iron red with a pair of five-clawed dragons chasing ‘flaming pearls’ amidst flames and clouds, with gilt accents, the base inscribed jixiang ruyi (‘may you have good fortune according to your wishes’) in underglaze blue; 13.2 cm, 5 1/4 in.
Sotheby's. Chinese Art, Hong Kong, 02 Jun 2016