A rare black-glazed 'dragon' cup, Yuan dynasty (1271-1368)

Lot 509. A rare black-glazed 'dragon' cup, Yuan dynasty (1271-1368); 8.5cm (3 2/8in) long. Est: £1,000 - £1,500. Sold for £ 4,845 (€ 5,647). © Bonhams

The shallow vessel finely potted with rounded sides raised on a gently-flared foot, rising to a slightly-flaring lipped mouth, the handle shaped as a dragon head, covered overall in black glaze.

Published, Illustrated and Exhibited: Roger Keverne Ltd., Summer Exhibition, London, 2010, no.26.

The result of Oxford Authentication Ltd. thermoluminescence test no.C109q36 dated 27 November 2009, is consistent with the dating of this lot

NoteThe present lot is related to contemporaneous vessels in other materials. See for example, a gold cup, Song/Yuan dynasty, illustrated by B.Gyllensvard, Chinese Gold and Silver in the Carl Kempe Collection, Stockholm, 1964, pp.110-111, no.53A. A jade example, Song/Yuan dynasty, is illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum: Jadeware (II), Hong Kong, 1995, p.137, no.113.

Bonhams. Roger Keverne Ltd Moving On (Part II), London, New Bond Street, 7 Jun 2021