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Lot 1199A pair of iron-red and blue-enameled dragon cups, Jiaqing four-character seal marks in iron red and of the period (1796-1820); 3¼ in. (9.5 cm.) diamEstimate USD 4,000 - USD 6,000. Price realised USD 10,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2012 

Each cup has deep rounded sides and is decorated on the exterior in iron red with two dragons with green eyes pursuing a flaming pearl amidst scattered clouds, all reserved on brilliant blue ground. The rim and a line above the foot are gilded.

Provenance: Christie's London, 15 October 1979, lot 98.

Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Part II, 13 September 2012. New York, Rockefeller Plaza