Lot 3175. A pair of fine green enamelled 'Dragon' wine cups, Seal marks and period of Daoguang (1821-1850); 4.9 cm., 1 7/8 in. Estimate 500,000 — 700,000 HKD (48,929 — 68,501 EUR). Lot sold 920,000 HKD (90,029 EUR). Photo: Sotheby's.
each with deep rounded sides rising from a short foot to the slightly everted rim, finely painted on the exterior with a pair of scaly dragons, one looking back over its shoulder, pacing over crested waves reaching for a 'flaming pearl', the enamel of a translucent green color with detailing in black, the base with the six-character reign mark in underglaze-blue.
Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art, Hong Kong, 04 Apr 2012