A fine and rare green and yellow 'dragon' bowl. Seal mark and period of Qianlong. photo courtesy Sotheby's

the delicately potted deep rounded sides rising from a short straight foot to an everted rim, the exterior finely incised with a pair of scaly five-clawed dragons in pursuit of a 'flaming pearl' amidst 'fire and cloud' scrolls, all between ruyi and classic scroll bands and picked out in a translucent emerald green reserved on a rich egg-yolk yellow ground, the interior with a medallion enclosing a large shou character, the base with an underglaze blue six-character seal mark; 10.2 cm., 4 in. Estimate 500,000—700,000 HKD. Lot Sold 740,000 HKD

Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art. 08 Oct 10 Hong Kong www.sothebys.com