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Kangxi blue and white dragon bowl.

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Category
Period
Reference
5148
Diameter
22 cm (8 3/4")
Framed Height
8 cm (3 1/4")
Kangxi blue and white porcelain bowl. Open conical shape with excellent decoration of three dragons all with 4 toes chasing the flaming pearl above a turbulent sea in a cloud strew atmosphere.

The inside of the bowl has a blue borer with flower heads and waves in white and the bottom of the bowl shows in very good detail a carp in waves, possibly in the stage of mutating into a dragon.

It was believed that when carp became large enough they would become a dragon, which in Chinese mythology is a benign mythical beast and not the fire breathing evil monster of the Celtic legends.

The painting is very well done showing movement and expression in the dragon ands and carp. The potting and shape of the bowl is fine and well done.

There is a six character Cheng Hua mark to the base inside a double circle. The use of an earlier Ming Emperors mark is to honour not to deceive these were apocryphal marks.
Diameter
22 cm (8 3/4")
Framed Height
8 cm (3 1/4")
Year
1662 - 1722
Medium
Porcelain
Country
China
Condition
Overall the bowl is in Excellent condition with 2 small shallow frits to the rim