Lot 2692. A fine pair of iron-red 'dragon' winecups, seal marks and period of Qianlong (1736-1795); 6.2 cm., 2 1/2 in. Estimate 250,000 — 300,000 HKD. Lot sold 1,220,000 HKD. © Sotheby's 2010
each finely potted with steep rounded sides supported on a low foot, slightly flaring at its rim, painted in iron-red on the exterior with a pair of scaly dragons pursuing 'flaming pearls' above cresting waves, the base inscribed with a six-character reign mark in underglaze blue.
Provenance: Sotheby's Hong Kong, 2nd November 1998, lot 375.
Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art, Hong Kong, 08 Oct 2010.