A pair of iron-red ‘dragon’ wine cups, Guangxu six-character marks and of the period. Sold for HK$ 87,500 (€9,187). Photo Bonhams.
Each thinly and crisply potted, finely enamelled around the exterior in iron-red depicting two ferocious five-clawed dragons in flight chasing after flaming pearls, all amidst flaming clouds and above a band of crashing waves at the foot, each with a six-character kaishu mark at the base. Each 6cm (2 3/8in) diam. (2).
Provenance: S.Marchant & Son Ltd., London, 1991
An Australian private collection
Published: S.Marchant & Son Ltd., Exhibition of Nineteenth Century Mark and Period Porcelain, London, p.63, no.68
Note: The dragons on iron-red wine cups of the Guangxu reign, such as the present lot, are typically depicted with large heads on thin necks and long sinuous bodies. The band of cresting waves above the foot from this period is also characteristically naively rendered. Compare with very similar pairs of wine cups sold in our London rooms, one on 6 November 2008, lot 21, and another a pair on 15 May 2014, lot 80.
BONHAMS. FINE CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART, 27 Nov 2014 14:30 HKT – HONG KONG, ADMIRALTY