Lot 308
  • 308

A BLUE AND WHITE ANHUA-DECORATED 'DRAGON AND PHOENIX' BOWL QING DYNASTY, KANGXI PERIOD |

Estimate
10,000 - 12,000 USD
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Description

  • Diameter 6 in., 15.2 cm
the rounded sides springing from a short, slightly splayed foot, to a gently flaring rim, deftly painted on the exterior with three phoenix in flight with wings outspread and trailing long, flowing tail feathers, the interior finely incised with a pair of sinuous dragons each in pursuit of a 'flaming pearl' among scattered clouds and flames, encircling an underglaze-blue central medallion of a carp rising from waves, the base with an apocryphal six-character Chenghua mark, coll. no. 1460

Provenance

Collection of George (1911-1989) and Cornelia Wingfield Digby .
Sotheby's Olympia, 12th June 2003, lot 1103.
Geoffrey Waters, Ltd., London, 2003.

Catalogue Note

This bowl is of a type, unique to the Kangxi period, that appears both with an imperial Kangxi reign mark and with an apocryphal Chenghua mark, as on the present example. Similar bowls with a Kangxi reign mark include one sold in our London rooms, 2nd November 1974, lot 548, and another in our Hong Kong rooms, 21st May 1980, lot 192. A pair of nearly identical bowls with Chenghua marks was sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 17th November 1975, lot 65. See also a related pair of bowls, Kangxi mark and period but lacking anhua decoration, was sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 5th April 2017, lot 3680. 
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