Lot 3733. A fine green and yellow-enamelled 'dragon' bowl, Yongzheng six-character mark within double-circles and of the period (1723-1735); 5 1/2 in. (14 cm.) diam. Estimate HKD 300,000 - HKD 400,000. Price Realized HKD 1,700,000. © Christie's Images Ltd. 2011
The bowl is thinly potted, incised and enamelled green with a striding dragon with its head turned to its companion dragon following behind, in pursuit of 'flaming pearls', admist flames and cloud scrolls, under a narrow band of green dividing scrolling clouds under the slightly everted mouth rim, against a vibrant yellow enamel ground, supported on a low foot ring, box.
Property of the Yiqingge Collection
Note: There appear to be two groups of bowls of this pattern: the first are those with large sized dragons providing a dense pattern of green enamel as exemplified by the present bowl and three other similar bowls. The first bowl, formerly from the Constantinidi Collection, is illustrated by S. Jenyns, Later Chinese Porcelain, Faber and Faber, 1971, pl. LX1X, no. 4; the second is illustrated in Chinese Porcelain - The S.C. Ko Tianminlou Collection, Part II, Hong Kong, 1987, pl. 97; and the third from the Greenwald Collection was sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 1 December 2010, lot 2828.
The second type from this group depicts slender dragons amidst wispy flames, thereby showing a more prominent yellow ground, cf., the pair of bowls in the British Rail Pension Fund, sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 26 April 2004, lot 958; and another pair in the T.Y. Chao Private and Family Trust Collections, sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 8 October 1990, lot 454.
Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, 1 June 2011, Convention Hall