A fine blue and white ‘Dragon’ vase, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722)

Lot 3141. A fine blue and white ‘Dragon’ vase, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722); 23.5 cm., 9 1/4  in. Estimate 500,000 — 700,000 HKD. Lot sold 625,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's 2013

the ovoid body rising to a waisted neck, painted in vivid blue tones with two ferocious dragons writhing amongst flame wisps in pursuit of 'flaming pearls', the neck with a band of swirls below a band of circles, the base with an artemisia leaf within a double ring

ProvenanceS. Marchant & Son, London, 1975.

Note: Compare a vase from the H.M. Knight collection, sold twice in these rooms 28th November 1979, lot 206 and 8th April 2011, lot 3105. A similar 'dragon' vase in the Shanghai Museum, with a Kangxi reign mark, is illustrated in Kangxi Porcelain Wares from the Shanghai Museum Collection, Hong Kong, 1998, pl. 12. See also a larger vase of related form and decoration, in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in Chen Runmin, Qing Shunzhi Kangxi qiao qinghua ci, Beijing, 2005, pl. 256.

Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art. Hong Kong, 08 april 2013