An Imperial cinnabar lacquer 'six dragons' bowl Qianlong
Lot 320
An Imperial cinnabar lacquer 'six dragons' bowl Qianlong
Sold for HK$ 680,000 (US$ 87,653) inc. premium

Lot Details
An Imperial cinnabar lacquer 'six dragons' bowl Qianlong An Imperial cinnabar lacquer 'six dragons' bowl Qianlong An Imperial cinnabar lacquer 'six dragons' bowl Qianlong An Imperial cinnabar lacquer 'six dragons' bowl Qianlong
The Property of a private Swiss collector
An Imperial cinnabar lacquer 'six dragons' bowl
Qianlong
Of shallow rounded form supported on a cylindrical foot decorated with keyfret scrolls rising to rounded sides, the exterior boldly carved through thick layers of cinnabar lacquer with six five-clawed sinuous dragons depicted in flight amidst wispy clouds reserved on an inverted diaper ground, the interior and the base lacquered black, the base incised and painted in gilt with a four-character kaishu mark. 20.2cm diam.

Footnotes

  • 清乾隆 剔紅六龍寶盌 金彩「六龍寶盌」楷書款

    Provenance 來源:
    A Swiss private collection

    The four-character inscription on the bowl, Liu Long Bao Wan, literally translates as 'Precious Bowl of Six Dragons'.

    It is extremely rare to find a Qianlong lacquer bowl of this outstanding quality, carved with the motif of six five-clawed dragons, and inscribed with a four-character expression denoting the subject matter. For another lacquer bowl of identical size and form from the Qing Court collection, preserved in the Palace Museum, Beijing, see Lacquer Wares of the Qing Dynasty. The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Hong Kong, 2006, pg. 21, no. 12 (fig.1). Similarly decorated and inscribed, but complete with its original cupstand, it is possible that the current bowl was one of an original set commissioned for the Imperial Court.
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