Lot 2917. A yellow-enamelled and blue ground 'Dragon' dish, mark and period of Kangxi (1662-1722); 25.2 cm., 9 7/8 in. Estimate 300,000 — 350,000 HKD. Lot sold 511,500 HKD (41,556 EUR). Courtesy Sotheby's 2008.
with low rounded sides resting on a slightly tapered foot, well painted overall in glossy and bright tones of yellow enamel against a rich cobalt-blue ground, the centre with a ferocious five-clawed dragon writhing amid flames and cloud swirls in pursuit of a 'flaming pearl', decorated around the well with two further sinuous dragons chasing 'flaming pearls', the exterior similarly decorated with a pair of dragons above a lotus lappet border, the base glazed white and inscribed with the six-character mark within a double-circle.
Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Hong Kong, 11 Apr 2008