A RARE FAMILLE-ROSE ‘IMPERIAL POEM’ CHICKEN CUP

5337 A RARE FAMILLE-ROSE ‘IMPERIAL POEM’ CHICKEN CUP

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Size:D8cm

Signed and dated:Qianlong period, Qing dynasty

Estimate: No Reserve

Hammer Price: RMB 1,200,000


Qianlong Six-Character Mark
PROVENANCE
· The Si Yue Tang Collection
REFERENCE
· Emperor Ch’ien-lung’s Grand Cultural Enterprise, National Palace Museum, Taipei, 2007, pp.195, cat. no. V-31
· Enamelled Ware of the Ch’ing Dynasty, vol. II, Hong Kong, 1968, pp.65 pl. 12
· The Alan Chuang Collection of Chinese Porcelain, Hong Kong, 2009, pp. 105, pl.105
· Gems of Beijing Cultural Relics Series: Pottery and Porcelain, Beijing, 2006, pp. 238
· Qingdai Ciqi Shangjian, Shanghai, 2005, pp.169, pl. 151.
The cup is finely potted with steep rounded sides rising from a recessed base to a slightly everted rim, painted on the exterior with a boy approaching a rooster, a hen tending four small chicks behind the rocks, the scene further decorated with blooming peonies and roses, inscribed with an imperial poem by the Qianlong Emperor, dated to the bingshen year of the Qianlong reign corresponding to 1776, the base inscribed with a six-character fanggu seal mark in underglaze blue. Examples in same theme and style can be found in the Palace Museum in Beijing and Taipei; a similar example was donated by the J.M. Hu to the Shanghai Museum; another two similar examples in the Percival David Collection and now in the British Museum, see Catalogue of Qing Enamelled Wares, no. A823 and A827, 1991.