14 novembre 2017

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

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

Lot 294. A wucai 'dragon and phoenix' bowl, Qianlong six-character seal mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1736-1795). 6 1/8 in. (15.5 cm.) diamEstimate GBP 6,000 - GBP 8,000Price realised GBP 17,500© Christies Images Ltd 2017

The bowl is decorated with two phoenix descending between two green and iron-red dragons chasing the flaming pearl on a ground scattered with floral sprigs, all below a band of Buddhist emblems alternating with ruyi heads that encircles the rim. The interior is decorated with a central medallion enclosing an iron-red dragon in pursuit of the flaming pearl, all within double blue line borders.

Provenance: Private English Collection, acquired in the 1920s, then by descent within the family

NoteA comparable Qianlong mark and period bowl in the Imperial Collection, Beijing, is illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum 38 - Porcelain in Polychrome and Contrasting Colours, Beijing, 1999, p148, no.136. A comparable bowl sold at Christie's New York, 15 September 2011, lot 1498.

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

wucai 'dragon and phoenix' bowl, Qianlong six-character seal mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1736-1795). 6 1/8 in. (15.4 cm.) diam. Sold for 16,250 USD at Christie's New York, 15 September 2011, lot 1498. © Christies Images Ltd 2011 

Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art, 7 November 2017, London

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