Lot 3133. An iron-red and underglaze blue dragon and phoenix teabowl and cover, seal marks and period of Jiaqing (1796-1820); 10.9 cm., 4 1/4 in. Estimate 400,000 — 600,000 HKD. Lot Sold 500,000 HKD. Courtesy Sotheby's.
well potted with rounded sides rising from a slightly tapered foot to a flaring rim, painted on the exterior in iron-red with a ferocious dragon and a flying phoenix, each chasing a 'flaming pearl' amongst scrolling clouds, the teeth and claws of the dragon picked out in white enamel, all between two ruyi-head bands, the cover similarly decorated, both the interior of the finial and the base inscribed with six-character reign marks in underglaze blue.
Provenance: Christie's Hong Kong, 31st March 1992, lot 644 (one of a pair).
Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Hong Kong, 08 april 2011