A 'doucai' makara cup



Lot 1615. A 'doucai' makara cup. Qing dynasty, Yongzheng period (1723-1735); 7.5 cm., 3 in. Estimate 150,000—200,000 HKD. Lot Sold 187,500 HKD. Photo: Sothebys 2009

elegantly potted, the sides gradually rising to a slightly flared rim from a short foot, painted in soft underglaze-blue and brilliant enamels, the main exterior of the body surrounded by four makaras, each encircled within a foliate medallion, separated by upright and pendant triangular florets and leaves, all between single and double-lined borders near the mouthrim and above the foot individually, inscribed on the base with a apocryphal six-character Chenghua mark within double-squares in underglaze-blue. 

Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art, Hong Kong, 08 Oct 2009