A fine pair of blue and white 'Dragon' saucer dishes, seal marks and period of Daoguang (1821-1850)

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Lot 3148. A fine pair of blue and white 'Dragon' saucer dishes, seal marks and period of Daoguang (1821-1850); 16.8 cm., 6 5/8  in. Estimate 150,000 — 250,000 HKD. Lot sold 275,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's 2013

each with shallow rounded sides rising from a short straight foot to an everted rim, painted in shaded tones of cobalt, the interior with a central medallion enclosing an en face five-clawed dragon writhing among flames reaching for a 'flaming pearl', with open jaws, bulging eyes, and powerful limbs, within a double-line border repeated at the rim, the exterior decorated in underglaze blue with two similar dragons striding in pursuit of a 'flaming pearl', the base inscribed with a six-character seal mark.

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