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    Sale 7431

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    6 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 203

    A RARE DOUCAI BLUE-GROUND DRAGON BOWL

    UNDERGLAZE BLUE KANGXI SIX-CHARACTER MARK WITHIN A DOUBLE CIRCLE AND OF THE PERIOD (1662-1722)

    Price Realised  

    A RARE DOUCAI BLUE-GROUND DRAGON BOWL
    UNDERGLAZE BLUE KANGXI SIX-CHARACTER MARK WITHIN A DOUBLE CIRCLE AND OF THE PERIOD (1662-1722)
    With deep rounded sides rising to a slightly everted rim, the exterior decorated with a green and an iron-red dragon shown racing through flames in pursuit of flaming pearls positioned above a band of overlapping petal tips executed in outline, all reserved against a blue wash ground, with a similar green dragon roundel in the interior
    5½ in. (14 cm.) diam.


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    A very similar Kangxi-marked bowl, also with dragons in doucai enamels on a blue ground, is illustrated in Chinese Porcelain: The S.C. Ko Tianminlou Collection, Part I, Hong Kong, 1987, no. 91, where the authors suggest that it was made early in the period and fired twice, following the Wanli period wucai technique, achieving doucai over underglaze blue. A pair of bowls of this design, from the collection of the British Rail Pension Fund, was sold at Sotheby's, Hong Kong, 16 May 1989, lot 79.

    Other similar bowls have been sold in our Hong Kong Rooms, 4 November 1996, lot 801, another in our New York Rooms, 22 March 2007, lot 347, and in these Rooms, 1 December 1997, lot 118.

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