A Rare Incised and Green Enameled Porcelain 'Dragon' Bowl
ZHENGDE PERIOD (1506-1521)
the deep rounded walls resting on a short straight foot, rising to a slightly flaring mouth rim, the exterior incised two striding five-clawed dragons glazed with a bright green enamel, amongst incised waves, the interior centered with a medallion enclosing another sinuous five-clawed dragon surrounded by flame-form clouds, with a single green enameled line to the mouth rim, the underside bearing a Zhengde six-character mark in underglaze blue within a double ring and of the period.
Diam 7 3/4 in., 19.68 cm.
Note: For a similar example, see Ming: The Intervention of Imperial Taste, Sotheby's New York, 15 March 2017, sale N09660 lot 9;
Another similar example, see Important Chinese Art From the Manno Art Museum, Christie's Hong Kong, 28 October 2002, sale 2123 lot 541;
Another similar example, see The Falk Collection I: Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art, Christie's New York, 16 October 2001, sale 9822 lot 137.
Property from the Estate of Ann Donnelley Hardy, Lake Forest, Illinois
Overall decent condition with no visible restoration. Some surface scratches to the interior. A hairline to the wall, running approximately 2 1/2 inches, minor flaking along the hairline, another short hairline to the rim, running approximately 0.125 inch. The mouth possibly grinned.
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