Pair of Chinese imperial porcelain yellow ground bowls with gently flared rims, each incised and painted on the exterior with two green five-clawed dragons in pursuit of flaming pearls amongst stylised flames and ruyi -head clouds, above a band of ruyi -heads and beneath a band of scrolling foliage, the well of each interior incised with a shou -character medallion within a double ring.

3 15/16  inches, 10 cm diameter.

The bases with six-character marks of Guangxu in underglaze blue and of the period, 1875-1908.


Overall excellent condition.

Provenance & Additional Information

  • Formerly in the collection of Henry Mazot (1882-1956), who lived and worked in Beijing from the 1920’s for the Bank of Indochina where he finished as Chairman. The family left Beijing in 1946 to move back to France, where they settled in Normandy. Most of the Chinese porcelain in the family collection was left in wooden trunks in the basement of their chateau from 1946 until Christmas 2015, when his granddaughter who inherited the home decided to finally open them.
  • A Kangxi and a Qianlong example were included by Marchant in their exhibition of Qing Mark and Period Monochromes and Enamelled Wares, 1981, nos. 23 & 22; a pair of Qianlong examples were included by Marchant in their exhibition of Qing Mark and Period Monochrome and Two-coloured Wares, 1992, no. 45, p. 58; another Qianlong pair were included by Marchant in their catalogue of Recent Acquisitions, 2005, no. 47, pp. 80/1; three others are illustrated by Gordon Lang in The Powell-Cotton Collection of Chinese Ceramics, Birchington, Kent, nos. 92-94, Plate 4, pp. 128/9.