A blue-ground 'dragon' bowl, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722)

Lot 820. A blue-ground 'dragon' bowl, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722); Diameter 8 in., 20.3 cm. Estimate 4,000 — 6,000 USD. Lot sold 6,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's.

the steep sides rising from a straight cylindrical foot to a slightly flared mouth, the exterior with dragons and 'flaming pearls' reserved in biscuit against a blue ground, the interior painted in underglaze blue with a central floral medallion, with further floral medallions to the cavetto between scrolled clouds, the base marked with an apocryphal six-character Xuande mark within a double circle.

Sotheby's. Saturday at Sotheby's: Asian Art, New York, 16 Sep 2017