Lot 134. A rare Imperial iron-red enamelled 'dragon' bowl, Kangxi six-character mark and of the period (1662-1722); 15.6cm (6 1/7in) diam. Estimate: HK$200,000 - HK$300,000. Sold for HK$ 1,563,125 (€ 177,953) inc. premium. © Bonhams 2001-2019
The deep rounded sides rising from a slightly tapered foot to the rim, the exterior vividly enamelled in iron-red with two five-clawed dragons amongst flame scrolls each in pursuit of the flaming pearl, the interior plain, the base with a six-character mark within a double circle, box.
Provenance: A distinguished English private collection, and thence by descent.
Note: Compare with a related, but slightly smaller, iron-red enamelled 'dragon' bowl, Kangxi mark and period, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum: Miscellaneous Enamelled Porcelains. Plain Tricoloured Porcelains, Shanghai, 2009, no.12.