A rare "mark and period" Chinese porcelain bowl. White glazed on the interior, the exterior is finely incised with two five clawed dragons in pursuit of pearls over waves and amongst flames and clouds; the outside is painted with contrasting apple green and aubergine enamels - a combination which was often used for imperial table sets. The base carries the six character reign mark of the Kangxi emperor within a double ring and this item was made within his reign (1662-1722). (For similar ref. - Sotheby's (London) 12 July 2006, lot no. 119. Condition - there are five short,mostly very light, hairlines to the rim (the longest being approx 0.8 cm);there are no chips and there has been no restoration. 5.6cm (2.25 inches) high; 11cm (4.3 inches) diameter.