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A RARE IRON-RED BLUE AND WHITE 'DRAGON' BOWL
A RARE IRON-RED BLUE AND WHITE 'DRAGON' BOWL

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

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A RARE IRON-RED BLUE AND WHITE 'DRAGON' BOWL
KANGXI SIX-CHARACTER MARK IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE WITHIN A DOUBLE CIRCLE AND OF THE PERIOD (1662-1722)
The bowl is well potted with deep, rounded sides and is supported on a thick foot encircled by double lines. The exterior is finely decorated with three five-clawed, scaly dragons leaping amidst flames and swirling underglaze blue clouds. The interior is similarly decorated with a medallion containing a sinuous dragon and flaming pearl.
7 1/8 in. (18 cm.) diam.

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A Kangxi mark-and-period bowl of the same design in the Palace Museum, Beijing, is illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum - Miscellaneous Enamelled Porcelains, Plain Tricoloured Porcelains, Hong Kong, 2009, p. 186, no. 147.

A very similarly rendered iron-red dragon can also be seen on the Kangxi-marked jar and cover, painted with a dragon and phoenix, in the Qing Court Collection in 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.

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