A PAIR OF IRON-RED 'DRAGON' CUPS
GUANGXU MARKS AND PERIOD
清光緒 礬紅彩雲龍戲珠紋盃一對 《大清光緒年製》款
each with deep rounded sides rising from a short straight foot to a gently flared rim, painted to the exterior with two five-clawed dragons vying for flaming pearls above cresting waves, the base with a six-character reign mark in underglaze-blue
Diameter 5.9 and 5.8 cm, 2⅜ and 2¼ in.
There are some some light wear to the enamels and minor nicks to the footrims, apart from that this pair of cups 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. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
Formerly in a Nordic gentleman's collection, acquired in Beijing in the 1950s (by repute).