A very finely potted and decorated brush wash in the Kangxi style with five-clawed dragons and a Kangxi reign mark. The workmanship is very top drawer with a foot that is super soft and a glaze that feels like velvet.
A rounded thinly potted porcelain vessel with a high shoulder and shallow foot. The outside is decorated with two (nearly) imperial yellow five-clawed dragons searching for the pearl of wisdom in a sea of pale sea green. A border of cloud lappets along the mouth and a water wave border just above the foot are also yellow. The decorations are incised into the clay and are very well carved. There is also very good glaze control. The glaze stops at the foot.
The inside of the vessel is a pale green. The foot ring is unglazed; it is very white, very soft and smooth. Six characters for the Kangxi reign mark are incised into the base. Although it has a Kangxi mark and is well done, we feel it from the late 19th century.
5” (12.7 cm) diameter x 3” (7.6 cm) tall. Weight 11.1 oz (310 g)
There are two fine rim hairlines, but no other breaks or chips. There are a few kiln flaws such as black spots and a brown spot. There is wear in the interior from use.
An antique scholar’s object that was used and admired. I love the feel of the bowl in my hand. A precious object to be sure.