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27 décembre 2019

A fine wucai 'dragon and phoenix' bowl, Qianlong six-character seal mark and of the period (1736-1795)



Lot 3457. A fine wucai 'dragon and phoenix' bowl, Qianlong six-character seal mark and of the period (1736-1795)5 7/8 in. (15 cm.) diamEstimate HKD 400,000 - HKD 600,000Price Realized HKD 475,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2014

Well potted with deep rounded sides and slightly flared mouth rim, the exterior is brightly painted with two scaly five-clawed dragons in pursuit of the flaming pearl, alternating with descending long-tailed phoenix, all amidst meandering leafy scrolls and below a band with the Eight Buddhist Emblems, bajixiang, divided by ruyi elements, the interior with a central medallion enclosing a five-clawed dragon in pursuit of the flaming pearl, amidst green-enamelled flames, box.

Provenance: Sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 1 December 1977, lot 648.

NoteTwo bowls of this pattern both with a Kangxi reign marks are in the Qing Court Collection, Beijing, and illustrated in Porcelains in Polychrome and Contrasting Colours, The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Vol. 38, Hong Kong, 1999, pp. 147-148, nos. 135 (10.4 cm. diam.) and 136 (16.4 cm. diam.).

Christie's. The Imperial Sale / Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Hong Kong, 28 May 2014