• Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works  auction at Christies

    Sale 2196

    Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    15 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 423

    A RARE PAIR OF FINELY PAINTED IRON-RED 'DRAGON' BOWLS

    KANGXI PERIOD (1662-1722)

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    A RARE PAIR OF FINELY PAINTED IRON-RED 'DRAGON' BOWLS
    KANGXI PERIOD (1662-1722)
    Each with deep rounded sides, finely painted in iron red on the exterior with two scaly dragons with black pupils striding through flames in pursuit of flaming pearls positioned above cruciform clouds, with apocryphal Chenghua marks
    6¼ in. (15.8 cm.) diam. (2)


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    A very similarly rendered iron-red dragon can be seen on the Kangxi-marked jar and cover painted with a dragon and phoenix in the Qing Court Collection in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum - 38 - Porcelains in Polychrome and Contrasting Colors, Hong Kong, 1999, p. 227, no. 208. Compare, also, the polychrome-decorated Kangxi-marked 'dragon' bowl illustrated ibid., p. 165, no. 151.

    Provenance

    Floyd Segal Collection.
    American private collection, acquired in the 1970s.