28 April 1997
AN IRON-RED 'DRAGON' WINE CUP
QIANLONG SEAL MARK AND OF THE PERIOD
Thinly potted and painted in iron-red with a pair of five-clawed dragons chasing around the body amid cloud-scrolls, one with head turned backwards, above three groups of breaking waves at the base, all between double-line borders pencilled in underglaze-blue
2 3/8 in. (6.1 cm.) diam.
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Compare with the pair of Yongzheng-marked cups from the Paul Bernat Collection, now in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, illustrated in Oriental Ceramics, The World's Greatest Collections, 1980, vol. 10, no. 258.
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