A fine blue and white 'Ducks in a pond' cup, mark and period of Jiajing (1522-1566)

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Lot 3124. A fine blue and white 'Ducks in a pond' cup, mark and period of Jiajing (1522-1566); 5 cm., 2 in. Estimate 120,000 — 150,000 HKD. Lot sold 812,500 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's 2013

the deep rounded sides rising from a short foot to a gently everted rim, freely painted around the exterior in deep shades of cobalt with ducks among reeds, another group flying in formation in the distance, the interior similarly decorated with a medallion of a duck among reeds within double circles repeated at the rim, the base inscribed in underglaze blue with a six-character reign mark within double circles. 

Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art. Hong Kong, 08 april 2013