29 March 2006
AN UNUSUAL COPPER-RED AND BLUE AND WHITE-DECORATED BELL-SHAPED CUP
The deep cup of oval section, applied with a chilong-form handle painted in underglaze red and blue, the dragon biting the rim as it peers into the interior, covered inside and out with a white glaze of pale blue tone; together with an unusual stem cup, Transitional period, the deep bowl raised on a tall stem foot and painted in faint underglaze blue with two dragons racing in pursuit of flaming pearls
4 5/8 and 5 1/8 in. (10.7 and 13 cm.) high, stands (2)
Bell-shaped cup: Ralph M. Chait Galleries, New York, May 1965.
Stem cup: Frank Caro, New York.
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