13 November 2001
A WUCAI 'DRAGON AND PHOENIX' BOWL
Qianlong six-character seal mark and of the period (1736-1795)
Painted and enamelled around the exterior with red and green dragons in mutual pursuit of flaming pearls amidst leafy sprays and chrysanthemum blossoms, divided by a pair of descending phoenixes, all below a band of the bajixiang linked alternately with ruyi-heads, the interior with a leaping iron-red dragon reaching for a flaming pearl, within concentric underglaze-blue double lines
6 in. (15.1 cm.) diam.
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