Lot 510. A fine blue and white 'Dragon Medallion' cup, Kangxi mark and period (1662-1722). Diameter 3 1/2 in., 8.8 cm. Estimate US$40,000 — 60,000. Lot sold 75,000 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's.
finely potted, the U-shaped sides set over a straight foot and rising to an everted rim, the exterior finely painted in cobalt blue with five writhing five-clawed dragons, each with a sinuous body coiling to form a roundel, the scales, whiskers, and outlines minutely described, the interior with a similarly painted central medallion dragon, the base with a six-character mark in underglaze blue within a double circle.
Property from the Collection of Robert Youngman.
Provenance: Sotheby's Hong Kong, 30th October 2000, lot 183.
Exhibited: Inaugural Exhibition of the Robert F. Reiff Gallery of Asian Art, Middlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury, Vermont, September 2005.
Note: Bowls of this type were produced in both underglaze blue, as seen here, and in underglaze copper-red. Examples in cobalt blue include a pair from the collection of Stephen Junkunc III, sold at Christie's New York, 21st September 1995, lot 215; another sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 3rd May 1994, lot 160; and one sold twice in our London rooms, first on 18th November 1998, lot 868, and then again 15th May 2013, lot 166.
For related 'dragon medallion' bowls painted in underglaze red, see an example in the collection of the National Palace Museum, Taipei, included in Catalog of the Special Exhibition of K'ang-Hsi, Yung-Cheng and Ch'ien-Lung Porcelain Ware from the Ch'ing Dynasty in the National Palace Museum, National Palace Museum, Taipei, 1986, cat. no. 7; another in the Meiyintang Collection published in Regina Krahl, Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, vol. 2, London, 1994, pl. 723; and one sold in our London rooms, 9th November 2005, lot 310
Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, New York, 20 march 2019