A very rare blue and yellow 'dragon' bowl
Kangxi six-character mark and of the period
The thinly-potted bowl delicately painted on the exterior in vibrant underglaze blue with two roaring five-clawed dragons divided by two leafy sprays of lingzhi fungus each supporting a four-lobed cartouche containing a shou character, all amid flames and cloud scrolls and above a double row of lotus petals at the foot, a thin yellow glaze of lemony tone stopping at the underglaze blue areas, the interior central medallion with a further five-clawed dragon amid flames and similarly glazed yellow, fitted box. 13.3cm (5 1/16in) diam. (2).