Lot 3433. A very rare pair of blue-ground underglaze-red decorated 'dragon' bowls, Kangxi six-character marks within double circles and of the period (1662-1722); 6 1/4 in. (15.6 cm.) diam. Estimate HKD 1,800,000 - HKD 2,500,000 Price Realized HKD 2,200,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013
Each bowl is well potted with deep rounded sides rising from a tapering foot to a flared rim. The exterior is incised and decorated in underglaze red with a pair of five-clawed dragons in pursuit of flaming pearls, against a blue ground of waves above a band of lappets encircling the foot. The interior of each is covered in a bluish-white glaze, box.
Provenance: T.Y. Chao Family Trust, no. 74
T.Y. Chao Family Collection, sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 19 May 1987, lot 73.
Exhibited: Hong Kong Museum of Art, Ming and Ch'ing Porcelain from the Collection of the T.Y. Chao Family Foundation, Hong Kong, January - March 1978, p. 74, no. 77.
Note: The present bowls are very rare and only a few other examples are known. A similar bowl was in the E.T. Chow Collection, and sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 19 May 1981, lot 542. Two other sold examples have been recorded, one was sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 23 May, 1978, lot 96; the other at Sotheby's London, 6 April 1976, lot 139.
Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art (Including The Su Zhu An Collection of Inkstones), Hong Kong, 27 November 2013