A very rare small grisaille-decorated 'crysanthemum' cup, Yongzheng six-character mark within a double circle in underglaze blue and of the period (1723-1735)

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Lot 3024. A very rare small grisaille-decorated 'chrysanthemum' cup, Yongzheng six-character mark within a double circle in underglaze blue and of the period (1723-1735), 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm.) diam., box. Estimate HKD 1,800,000 - HKD 2,800,000 (USD 232,293 - USD 361,344)© Christie's Images Ltd 2017

The delicately potted bowl is painted on the rounded sides in shaded blackish brown grisaille with a frieze of chrysanthemum scroll bearing seven large blossoms.

NoteThe pattern seen on the present tea bowl is very rare and exemplifies the exquisite and elegant taste of Emperor Yongzheng. An identical pair of grisaille-decorated small tea bowls with this rare pattern, bearing Yongzheng reign marks, was sold at Sotheby’s Hong Kong, 29 November 1978, lot 343, and illustrated in Chinese antiquities from the Brian S. McElney Collection , Hong Kong, 1987, no. 102. A further example was sold at Sotheby’s Hong Kong, 13 November 1990, lot 24.

Christie's. The Imperial Sale / Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, 31 May 2017, Convention Hall