A RARE WUCAI AND FAMILLE-ROSE ‘FLORAL’ BELL-SHAPED CUP

5349 A RARE WUCAI AND FAMILLE-ROSE ‘FLORAL’ BELL-SHAPED CUP

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Size:D8.3cm

Signed and dated:kangxi period, Qing dynasty

Estimate: No Reserve

Hammer Price: RMB 1,100,000


kangxi six-character mark
PROVENANCE
· The Si Yue Tang Collection
· Percival David Foundation, NO.887; Sotheby’s London 15 October 1968, lot139; (the other one PDF886 canbe found in British Museum)
REFERENCE
· Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum: Porcelains in Wicai and Doucai, Shanghai, 2007, pp.155, no.142
· The Official Kiln Porcelain of the Chinese Qing Dynasty, Shanghai, 2003, pp.110
· Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, London, 1994-2010, vol. 4, pl. 1707
· Kangxi Porcelain Wares, Shanghai, Hong Kong, 1998, pp.40
· Qing porcelains from the imperial kilns preserved in the Palace Museum, vol. 1, pt.I, Beijing, 2005, pp.232, pl. 76
Derived from the prototype made during Jiajing Period, Ming dynasty, which similar to a inverted bell shape, this cup is finely potted with elegantly curving beaker form, the steep, gently flaring sides sweeping to an everted rim, all supported on a slightly splayed base, the exterior covered with plain flawless white glaze, with only double line band around the mouth and foot rims. The interior painted plum blossoms, peony, peach blossoms and orchids representing the four seasons in wucai color. The base with an underglaze-blue six-character Kangxi reign seal mark.

This cup is rarely seen for the white-glaze exterior, similar examples with wucai painted in the exterior body can be seen in the Palace Museum in Beijing; Another three blue and white examples with same shape are in collections of Palace Museum in Beijing, the Shanghai Museum and the Victoria & Albert Museum, for the last example, see Rose Kerr, Chinese Ceramics: Porcelain of the Qing Dyansty 1644-1911, No. 41, pp. 65.