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5363 | Qianlong period, Qing dynasty A RARE SET OF BLUE AND WHITE ‘CRANE’ CUP AND CUPSTAND

A RARE SET OF BLUE AND WHITE ‘CRANE’ CUP AND CUPSTAND

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Size: D16.5cm;L12cm

Signed and dated: Qianlong period, Qing dynasty

Estimate: No Reserve

Final Price: RMB 1,500,000


Qianlong Four-Character Mark
PROVENANCE
· The Si Yue Tang Collection
· Sotheby’s London, 16 June 1998, lot256
REFERENCE
· Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum: Porcelains in falangcai and fencai, Shanghai, 1999, pp.121.pl105
· The Official Kiln Porcelain of the Chinese Qing Dynasty, Shanghai, 2003, pp.324
This is a very rare set of Jue cup and stand, the cup in the form of an archaic bronze tripod wine vessel, with U-shaped body supported on three rounded-triangular splayed feet, rising to a flared rim set with two short lifting posts, finely painted in underglazed blue, with cranes and clouds on the exterior with archaistic bands. The stand with shallow rounded sides rising from four short cloud-shaped feet to an everted rim and surmounted by a mountain-shaped support to the centre, painted with rocks and turbulent waves, encircled by cranes in flight amidst ruyi clouds and a chevron band at the rim, the exterior with lotus sprays, inscribed to the base in underglaze blue with a four-character seal mark. Similar examples can be found in the Palace Museums in Beijing and Taipei, Nanjing Museum, and the Ceramic Museum of Jingdezhen.