An incised yellow-glazed 'Dragon' bowl, mark and period of Xianfeng

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Lot 3079. An incised yellow-glazed 'Dragon' bowl, mark and period of Xianfeng (1831-1861); 12.5 cm., 5 in. Estimate 300,000 — 400,000 HKD. Lot sold 500,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's 2013

the deep rounded sides resting on a narrow cylindrical foot, finely incised around the exterior with two five-clawed dragons striding among flames above turbulent waves and stylised rocks in pursuit of a 'flaming pearl', each depicted with a sinuous scaly body, gaping jaws, and a free flowing mane, all beneath a deep yellow glaze of egg-yolk yellow tone, save for the base left white and inscribed in underglaze blue with a six-character reign mark.

Provenance: Christie's Hong Kong, 30th May 2006, lot 1451.

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