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A fine yellow-ground blue and white porcelain bowl

Porcelain bowl


Kangxi mark and period
Diameter: 5 1/4 in, 13.3 cm

supported on a straight foot ring, the U-shaped sides terminate in an everted rim. The exterior is finely painted with two dragons pursuing shaped medallions, one containing a shou (longevity) character and the other a fu (happiness) character, supported on lingzhi fungus amid cloud scrolls, all above three rows of petals. The five-clawed dragons have two horns, long whiskers and scaly bodies. The well is similarly decorated with a dragon medallion. The base is painted with the six-character mark of the Kangxi Emperor within concentric circles, and of the period.

Previously sold at Sotheby Parke Bernet, Hong Kong, May 1984, lot 170.

For similar bowls, see Tie, The Complete Collection of Porcelain of Jiangxi Province: Porcelain of the Qing Dynasty (I), p. 89, in the collection of the Museum of Jiangxi Province; and Xu, Treasures in the Royalty: The Official Kiln Porcelain of the Qing Dynasty, p. 71.

For blue and white examples, see Chen, Qing Shunzhi Kangxi Chao Qinghuaci, no. 121, p. 200, in the collection of the Palace Museum, Beijing; Lang, The Powell-Cotton Collection of Chinese Ceramics, no. 82, p. 47; Marchant, The Bertil J. Högström Collection: Kangxi Blue and White Porcelain (1662–1722), no. 49, pp. 90–1; and Wang, Kangxi Porcelain Wares from the Shanghai Museum Collection, no. 18, pp. 26–7.

Note also a Qianlong mark and period yellow-ground bowl in Lang, op cit, no. 91, p. 47.