Lot 977. A famille verte biscuit libation cup, China, Kangxi period (1662-1722);4 ¾ in. (12 cm.) wide. Estimate USD 4,000 - USD 6,000. Price realised USD 20,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2018.
Shaped in imitation of a lotus leaf with two handles formed as twisting branches issuing peony flowers, the exterior decorated with two phoenixes and cranes in flight and ducks swimming amid lotus, all on a pale-green ground, the interior with scattered tiny fish in black enamel, softwood stand.
Provenance: Parish-Watson & Co., Inc., New York, 2 October 1930.
John D. Rockefeller, Jr., New York, 1930-1960.
Estate of John D. Rockefeller, Jr., 1960.
Acquired 10 November 1960.
Literature: The John D. Rockefeller Collection of Chinese Ceramics, New York, circa 1933, pl. 82.
R. Ellsworth et al., The David and Peggy Rockefeller Collection: Arts of Asia and Neighboring Cultures, New York, 1993, vol III, p. 92, no. 46.
Christie's. The Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller: Travel and Americana, New York, 10 May 2018 - SALE 16723