An unusually large iron-red 'Dragon' bowl, mark and period of Jiajing


Lot 2682. An unusually large iron-red 'Dragon' bowl, mark and period of Jiajing (1522-1566); 37 cm, 14 1/2 in. Estimate 500,000 — 700,000 HKD. Lot sold 620,000 HKD© Sotheby's 2010

the deep rounded sides rising from a short straight foot to a flaring rim, boldly painted around the exterior in a rich dark iron-red with two large five-clawed scaly dragons in pursuit of a 'flaming pearl', all amidst ruyi-head cloud and fire scrolls, the base with an underglaze blue six-character mark.

Provenance: A Japanese Collection.

Note: Bowls of this decoration and size are rare; see a closely related example in the Idemitsu Collection is illustrated in Chinese Ceramics in the Idemitsu Collection, Tokyo, 1987, pl. 195. A slightly smaller example, from the collection of Mrs. B.Z. Seligman and the Riesco collection, was sold twice in our London rooms, 11th May 1954, lot 48, and again, 23rdJune 1970, lot 48; and another bowl was sold at Christie's London, 16th December 1981, lot 159. For the prototype of this type of bowl see one excavated from the waste heaps of the Ming imperial kilns and attributed to the Chenghua period, included in the exhibition Yuan's and Ming's Imperial Porcelains Unearthed from Jingdezhen, Yan-Huang Art Museum, Beijing, 1999, cat. no. 317.

Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art, Hong Kong, 08 Oct 2010