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An iron-red ‘Dragon’ stemcup and an iron-red ‘Dragon’ waterpot, Qing dynasty, 19th century. Estimate 100,000150,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby’s.

he stembowl with deep everted sides raised on a high splayed foot, deftly painted on the white ground around the exterior with an iron-red dragon striding among flames in pursuit of a ‘flaming pearl’, the interior inscribed with an iron-red six-character apocryphal Qianlong seal mark; the waterpot of globular form supported on a recessed base, similarly painted with an iron-red dragon chasing a pearl and picked out with gold details;15.5 and 8 cm, 6 1/8  and 3 1/8  in.

Sotheby’s, Chinese Art, Hong Kong | 24 nov. 2014, 02:30 PM