AN UNDERGLAZE-BLUE AND COPPER-RED 'DRAGON' VASE QING DYNASTY, KANGXI PERIOD |
30,000 - 50,000 USD
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- Height 17 5/8 in., 44.8 cm
of baluster form, rising from a narrow spreading foot to sweep into broad rounded shoulders before tapering into a waisted cylindrical neck, the shoulders painted with two ferocious coiled dragons, each rising above turbulent waves amidst flames chasing a 'flaming pearl', all above a border of further swirling waves and rockwork, the neck with ruyi head lappets and beribboned auspicious emblems, the base with an apocryphal Chenghua mark within a double circle
Luis Alegria Lda, Porto, 2017.
The vase's sweeping voluminous form is emphasized by the dynamic painting of sinuous coiled dragon thrashing amidst waves and further swirls of water. Combined with the dragon's piercing eyes and mouth wide open to reveal sharp fangs, the vase projects an image of power and strength. Compare a larger yenyen vase, depicting a dragon and tiger, sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 20th November 1984, lot 394. See also one decorated with prancing mythical beasts, sold in these rooms, 18th September 1981, lot 420. For a more cylindrical vase decorated with dragons and waves, see one sold in these rooms, 16th March 2016, lot 301.