Lot 178. A blue and white 'dragon' bowl, Wanli mark and period (1573-1620). Diameter 12.3 cm, 4⅞ in. Estimate: 10,000 - 15,000 GBP. Lot sold: 18,900 GBP. Courtesy Sotheby's.
the deep rounded sides freely painted around the exterior in rich cobalt-blue tones with two sinuous five-clawed dragons alternating with two lotus blooms issuing from meandering lotus scrolls, the interior with a dragon medallion, the base inscribed with a six-character reign mark within a double circle in underglaze blue.
Provenance: Purchased in Hong Kong in 1998.
Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, 4 November 2020, Hong Kong