08 septembre 2018

A blue and white 'Dragon' bowl, Kangxi mark and period (1662-1722)

A blue and white 'Dragon' bowl, Kangxi mark and period (1662-1722)

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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)

ExhibitedAn 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


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