An extremely rare doucai and anhua-decorated 'dragon' bowl Mark and period of Zhengde | 明正德 鬪彩內暗花外雲龍紋盌 《正德年製》款
Property from a Distinguished Private Collection
An extremely rare doucai and anhua-decorated 'dragon' bowl
Mark and period of Zhengde
明正德 鬪彩內暗花外雲龍紋盌 《正德年製》款
the exterior of the deep rounded sides decorated in doucai with two dragons striding sinuously above tempestuous waves crashing against jagged rockwork, the continuous scene further accentuated with the spines of each mythical beast and the flaming wisps rendered in bright iron red, all between friezes of ruyi clouds encircling the rim and tall foot, the interior decorated in anhua with a pair of dragons encircling a central medallion enclosing ruyi clouds, the base inscribed with a four-character reign mark within a double circle
There is an approx. 0.2 cm shallow flake and a C-shaped firing flaw to the footring, the latter with associated minute retouched nicks and an associated faint approx. 3 cm hairline. There is a faint approx. 0.5 cm faint body line to the footrim visible only on the interior. There is expected light surface wear.
"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.
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Christie's Hong Kong, 27th May 2008, lot 1573.