A rare doucai 'dragon' tea bowl Kangxi six-character mark and of the period
Lot 526
A rare doucai 'dragon' bowl Kangxi six-character mark and of the period
Sold for HK$ 2,300,000 (US$ 296,606) inc. premium
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The Property of a Gentleman
A rare doucai 'dragon' bowl
Kangxi six-character mark and of the period
Superbly potted with steep curved sides resting atop a circular straight foot, the interior with a circular medallion featuring a flaming coiled dragon amongst foliate scrolls, the exterior with further four similar medallions between two frieze of ruyi-head bands at the foot and mouthrim, all finely enamelled in brilliant colours of green, red, yellow and outlined in blue, the base with a six-character kaishu mark in underglaze-blue within double circles.
9.4cm diam.

Footnotes

  • Provenance 來源:
    A.R.H. Mann collection

    A shroud of mystery looms over the figure of A.R.H. Mann. The only information recorded is a collection photographs and a diary of his travels to Africa compiled in 1935. It is written that Mann began his exploration journey to Africa on 20 June 1935, via Egypt and ending his travels in Johannesburg on 31 October the same year. His compilation of documents were presented to the public in December 1967.

    The form and the decorative motif of the upper and lower ruyi-head borders as exhibited by the current lot is extremely rare. See a comparable doucai medallion cup with Kangxi six-character mark and of the period, illustrated in Porcelains in Polychrome and Contrasting Colours. The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Hong Kong, 1999, p.214, no.195. Compare also another pair of doucai tea cups with stylised coiled dragon medallions in the Shanghai Museum, see Kangxi Porcelain Wares from the Shanghai Museum Collection, Shanghai Museum, 1998, p.285, no.166.

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