Lot 106. A blue and white 'Dragon' bowl, Kangxi mark and period (1662-1722). Diameter 5 1/8 in., 13.2 cm Estimate 30,000 — 50,000 USD. Lot sold 37,500 USD. © Sotheby's.
with rounded sides gently rising from a slightly tapered foot to a flared rim, the exterior painted in rich cobalt tones with two five-clawed dragons striding amidst flame scrolls each in pursuit of a 'flaming pearl', above a band of overlapping lappets and separated by two lingzhi sprigs each supporting a shaped cartouche enclosing fu and shou characters, all within double line borders, the interior with a circular medallion enclosing a single frontal dragon, the base with a six-character mark in underglaze blue within a double circle.
Provenance: Collection of Paul Baerwald (1871-1961).
John Sparks, London, 29th June 1937.
Collection of Stephen Junkunc, III (d. 1978).
Exhibited: An Exhibition of the Paul Baerwald Collection of Chinese Porcelain, John Sparks, London, 1937, cat. no. 53.
Note: Compare a similar bowl in the Powell-Cotton Collection, Kent, illustrated in Gordon Lang, The Powell-Cotton Collection of Chinese Ceramics, Birchington, 1988, pl. 82. A pair of bowls of this design were sold at Christie's London, 8th June 1992, lot 36, and a single bowl was sold in our London rooms, 11th July 1978, lot 213.
Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, New York, 12 sept. 2018, 10:30 AM