Lot 501
  • 501

A COPPER-RED GLAZED 'DRAGON' BOWL KANGXI MARK AND PERIOD |

Estimate
8,000 - 12,000 USD
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Description

  • Porcelain
  • Diameter 5 7/8 ┬áin., 14.9 cm
the deep rounded sides rising from a short foot to a gently flaring rim, painted to the exterior in underglaze copper red ranging from burgundy to ash-rose scattered dark green flecks, with two five-clawed dragons striding amongst flame wisps in pursuit of 'flaming pearls' above two overlapping rows of lappets, the base with a six-character mark within a double circle in underglaze blue 

Provenance

The Hundred Antiques, Toronto, Canada, 28th October 1973, and thence by descent.

Condition

There are two small restored rim chips (with a small area of associated over-painting and overspray). The rim is slightly uneven. Otherwise, the bowl is in good condition.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

Catalogue Note

The use of copper-red underglaze as well as the lively composition of the present bowl are inspired by early Ming dynasty prototypes. Similar examples include a bowl in the Palace Museum, Beijing, published in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum. Blue and White Porcelain with Underglazed Red (III), Hong Kong, 2000, pl. 169; another in the exhibition Ch'ing Porcelain from the Wah Kwong Collection, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 1973, cat. no. 53, and a third was sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 3rd October 2017, lot 3692.