Lot 3679. A blue and white quatrefoil handled cup, Mark and period of Jiajing (1522-1566), 9 cm, 3 1/2 in. Estimate 150,000 — 200,000 HKD. Lot sold 212,500 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's.
well potted with a shapely quatrefoil body flaring to a galleried rim of corresponding form, all supported on a tall circular foot with rounded edges, flanked by a pair of handles modelled in the form of stylised mythical creatures extending to the foot, the body decorated with two coiling kui dragons wreathed by curling scrolls issuing dense foliage and lotus blooms picked out with wan stamens, all between a key-fret band encircling the rim, the foot with two pairs of mythical beasts flanking a shou medallion against a dense leiwen ground, the countersunk base inscribed with a four-character reign mark
Provenance: John Sparks Ltd, London.
Collection of Alfred Clark (1873-1950), no. 667.