A green-enamelled 'dragon' dish, mark and period of Kangxi (1662-1722)

Lot 3709. A green-enamelled 'dragon' dish, mark and period of Kangxi (1662-1722); 25.2 cm, 9 7/8  inEstimate 250,000 — 300,000 HKDLot Sold 325,000 HKD (33,145 EUR)Photo Sotheby’s

finely potted with shallow rounded sides rising from a short foot to an everted rim, the interior delicately enamelled with a medallion enclosing a scaly five-clawed dragon writhing amidst flames and ruyi-shaped clouds next to a flaming pearl, surrounded by a pair of dragons soaring in mutual pursuit of flaming pearls, the exterior similarly decorated with a pair of dragons, all above stylised lotus petal lappets, all the detail picked out with blue outlines and washed over in a green enamel, the base inscribed in underglaze blue with a six-character reign mark within a double circle.

Provenance: Acquired by a British diplomat when living in China during 1920s-1950s.
Christie's Hong Kong, 30th November 2011, lot 3277

Sotheby’s. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Hong Kong, 08 october 2014