Lot 2199. A rare doucai 'Dragon' double-gourd vase, Qing dynasty, 18th century; 6 5/8 in. (16.8 cm.) high. Estimate HKD 800,000 - HKD 1,500,000. Price realised HKD 1,340,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2012
The vase is elegantly potted with an olive-shaped upper bulb above a compressed globular body, applied with two high arched handles. It is finely enamelled to one side of the lower body with two descending dragons picked out in tones of green and aubergine enclosing a Shou roundel, surmounted by a bat on the upper body. The design is repeated on the reverse side with the dragons enamelled in green and yellow. Each handle is decorated with a lotus scroll, box.
Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Hong Kong, 28 November 2012