A Ming green and yellow 'dragon' bowl Zhengde four-character mark and of the period
Lot 121
A Ming green and yellow 'dragon' bowl Zhengde four-character mark and of the period
Sold for £17,925 (US$ 29,263) inc. premium

Lot Details
A Ming green and yellow 'dragon' bowl
Zhengde four-character mark and of the period
Boldly incised and enamelled in green around the exterior of the deep U-shaped body with two sinuous five-clawed dragons in pursuit of a flaming pearl, all amidst ruyi-head cloud and fire scrolls and above a lotus lappet band at the short tapering foot, all reserved on a rich yellow enamel ground, the interior glazed white and anhua decorated with two dragons (restored),
21.2cm.(8 3/8in.) diam.
du Boulay Collection no.P156

Footnotes

  • Provenance:

    Mrs Lloyd S.Gilmour, sold at Christie's, 6 May 1980, lot 88 for $10,000 (a pair)

    Purchased from Eskenazi Ltd., on 22 June 1994. The companion bowl is now in the Metropolitan Museum, New York, in the Hertzman Collection, illustrated by S.Valenstein, op.cit., pl.94

    Exhibited:

    The London Asian Art Fair, Porcelain for Emperors, June 2003, Catalogue no.14

    For a very similar Zhengde bowl, see B.Harrison, Asian Ceramics in the Princessehof: An Introduction, p.55; and for another, but with the design outlined in slip rather than incised, see J.Harrison-Hall, Ming Ceramics in the British Museum, no.8:31
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