A large blue ‘dragon’ bowl, Jiajing mark and period (1522-1566)


Lot 122. A large blue ‘dragon’ bowl, Jiajing mark and period (1522-1566); 33.2 cm, 13 1/8  inEstimate 30,000 — 40,000 GBP. Lot sold 37,500  GBP.Photo: Sotheby's

the deep rounded sides rising from a tapered foot to a flared rim, boldly painted to the exterior with two five-clawed dragons striding amongst scrolling lotuses above a lappet band, the interior decorated with a central medallion enclosing a dragon writhing amongst further lotus scrolls, inscribed to the base with a six-character reign mark.

NotesA Jiajing mark and period bowl of this type is illustrated in John Ayers, Chinese Ceramics. The Koger Collection, London, 1985, pl. 57; another was sold at Christie’s New York in 1990, twice at Christie’s Hong Kong in 1991 and 1995, and most recently at Christie’s London, 11th July 2006, lot 117; and a slightly larger one was sold at Christie’s London, 10th June 1996, lot 83.

Bowls of similar form and size are also known painted with phoenix among a floral scroll, such as one in the Museum Pusat, Jakarta, illustrated in Oriental Ceramics. The World’s Great Collections, vol. 3, Tokyo, 1982, pl. 202; and another sold in these rooms, 15th July 1981, lot 83.

Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, London, 09 nov. 2016, 11:30 AM