A COPPER-RED 'DRAGON' MEDALLION BOWL1

A COPPER-RED 'DRAGON' MEDALLION BOWL2

A COPPER-RED 'DRAGON' MEDALLION BOWL3

Lot 35. A copper-red 'Dragon medallion' bowl, Kangxi mark and period (1662-1722). Diameter 5 3/4  in., 14.6 cm. Estimate 30,000 — 40,000 USD. Lot sold 110,000 USD. © Sotheby's.

with rounded sides rising from a straight foot to an everted rim, the exterior decorated with five five-clawed dragons coiled to form medallions and a single dragon to the interior, the copper-red firing to a rosy pink with a faint speckling of apple-green, all reserved on a milky-white ground, six-character mark in underglaze blue within double circles, Japanese wood box (8).

Provenance: Sotheby's Hong Kong, 21st May 1985, lot 141. 
Kitayama Fine Arts, Tokyo, acquired in the 1970s.

NoteA bowl of this pattern, size and date is illustrated by Regina Krahl, Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, vol. 2, London, 1994, no. 733. Another of the same size and pattern is illustrated in the Baur Collection, Catalogue, vol. IV, no. A 530, where the author mentions another in the Royal Ontario Museum.

Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art. New York, 19 march 2013