Lot 1612. A fine and rare doucai 'chicken' cup, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period (1736-1795); 6 cm., 2 3/8 in. Estimate 1,000,000—1,500,000 HKD. Lot Sold 2,060,000 HKD. photo Sotheby's 2009
based on the Chenghua prototype, delicately potted with steep rounded sides rising from a recessed base to a slightly everted rim, finely decorated around the exterior with two pairs of cockerels and hens tending their four small chicks, divided on one side by blossoming peony issuing from rockwork and on the other by bamboo issuing from rockwork, all between a single line at the base and double lines at the rim.
Provenance: Sotheby's London, 9th November 2005, lot 303.
Note: A bowl of this decoration was included in the exhibition Ch'ing Polychrome Porcelain, Hong Kong Oriental Ceramic Society, Hong Kong, 1977, cat.no. 57. See also a pair of wine cups sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 2nd May 2005, lot 601. A pair of slender beakers from the Edward T. Chow collection with related decoration and Chenghua marks was sold in these rooms, 25th November 1980, lot 131.
For the Chenghua origin of this design see a slender doucai cup illustrated in Enamalled Ware of the Ming Dynasty. Porcelain of the National Palace Museum, Hong Kong, 1966, pl. 17
Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art, Hong Kong, 08 Oct 2009