Lot 3405. A Blue and White ‘Dragon’ Stem Cup, Xuande Period, 1426-1435. D 17cm H 11.3cm. Estimate: 100,000-150,000 HKD (USD 12,745 - 19,118). Sold Price: 2,478,000 HKD (USD 315,829). © Poly Auction Hong Kong
The well-proportioned cup is finely decorated to the exterior with a five-clawed dragons racing soaring sinuously amongst lotus scrolls. The interior is undecorated except for double lines at the mouth rim and a line of lanca characters below. The centre of the interior is inscribed with an apocryphal four-character Xuande mark. The base is flat and unglazed, revealing the white biscuit body.
Literature: Regina Krahl, Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, London, 1994-2010, vol. 4, no. 1661.
Poly Auction Hong Kong. Imperial Affection - Ming Ceramics from the Meiyintang and Distinguished Collection, Hong Kong, 7 October 2019