A Chinese export bowl, decorated in underglaze blue and dating from the Kangxi period. The bowl is decorated with two dragons with bifurcated tails. The base has an underglaze blue shop mark. On arrival in London the bowl was over-decorated with iron red enamel and gilding to covert it to an ‘Imari’ style. The inside rim of the bowl was decorated with two rather curious ‘diving swans’. Diameter 11.7cm (4.6")
It is believed that this style of decoration was done in London. It is usually seen on these relatively early Chinese wares.
Kangxi c 1710 - 1720
This bowl is in excellent condition. There is an old shallow chip from the inside of the foot rim (which might have happened during firing) and a few tiny glaze frits at the rim. No other damage. As can be appreciated, the enamels and gilding are also in very good condition with only minor rubbing and loss inside the bowl.