A glazed wine cup with cut-out decoration, yuyan shuwu four-character hallmark in underglaze blue within a double square, Yongzheng-Qianlong period (1723-1795)

Lot 1225. A glazed wine cup with cut-out decoration, yuyan shuwu four-character hallmark in underglaze blue within a double square, Yongzheng-Qianlong period (1723-1795), 2 ¾ in. (7 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 15,000 - USD 20,000Price realised USD 81,250© Christie's Images Ltd 2017

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The finely potted cup is decorated with a delicate cut-out band of flower sprays and covered inside and out with a clear glaze that fills in the cut-out design and ends in a neat line above the foot. 

Property from the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation, New York.

NoteA larger bowl with closely related decoration, but with a Qianlong mark, is in the Palace Museum Collection and illustrated in Selected Porcelains of the Flourishing Qing Dynasty at the Palace Museum, Beijing, 1994, p. 362, pl. 99. Compare, also, a similarly decorated bowl and cover, previously in the Mary Clark Thompson (1835-1923) Collection, sold at Collected in America: Chinese Ceramics from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Christie's New York, 15 September 2016, lot 966.

A rare glazed bowl and cover with cut-out decoration, Qianlong six-character seal marks in underglaze blue and of the period (1736-1795)

A rare glazed bowl and cover with cut-out decoration, Qianlong six-character seal marks in underglaze blue and of the period (1736-1795), previously in the Mary Clark Thompson (1835-1923) Collection, sold foUSD 197,000 at Collected in America: Chinese Ceramics from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Christie's New York, 15 September 2016, lot 966. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2016.

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Christie'sFine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, 14 - 15 September 2017, New York