Lot 1532. A fine yellow-ground blue and white 'dragon' bowl, Kangxi six-character mark within double-circles and of the period (1662-1722); 5 1/8 in. (13 cm.) diamEstimate HKD 300,000 - HKD 400,000. Price realised HKD 384,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2006

The bowl well painted in underglaze-blue around the exterior with two sinuous dragons striding amidst clouds and flames, divided by two shaped cartouches containing the characters fu, 'prosperity', and shou, 'longevity', supported on lingzhi sprigs, all above a band of overlapping lotus petals at the foot and against a lemon-yellow enamelled ground, the interior with a central medallion depicting a single leaping dragon on a yellow-ground, box. 

Note: Bowls of this pattern have been sold at auction, including one from the Scheinman Collection, sold in our New York Rooms, 23 March 1995, lot 114; and another in these Rooms, 29 April 2002, lot 635. Cf. also a Kangxi-marked blue and white bowl of this pattern, but lacking the yellow ground, is illustrated in Kangxi Porcelain Wares from the Shanghai Museum Collection, Hong Kong, 1998, pl. 18; while another is illustrated by G. Lang, The Powell-Cotton Collection of Chinese Ceramics, Kent, 1988, pl. 82, together with a Qianlong version in blue and yellow, pl. 91.

Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art, Hong Kong, 28 November 2006