Lot 3601. A fine and very rare blue and white ‘wave’ cup, Kangxi six-character mark in underglaze blue within a double circle and of the period (1662-1722); 3 9/16 in. (9.1 cm.) diam. Estimate HKD 700,000 - HKD 900,000. Price realised HKD 2,740,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2018
The cup is delicately potted with deep sides, rising from the small ring foot to the slightly flared rim. It is decorated on the exterior with a pattern of foam-crested waves.
Provenance: The Lindberg Collection
Sold at Christie’s New York, 1 June 1990, lot 256
Sold at Christie’s Hong Kong, 25 October 1993, lot 768
Sold at Christie’s Hong Kong, 4 November 1996, lot 756
Exhibited: S. Marchant and Son, Qing Mark and Period Blue and White, 11-22 June 1984, Catalogue, no. 6.
Note: A similar example, with the Eight Trigrams above the waves, is in the Percival David Foundation, illustrated by Margaret Medley, Illustrated Catalogue of Underglaze Blue and Copper Red Decorated Porcelains,London, 1976, p. 76, no. C619. Another similar example, reserved in white on a coral ground with a Yongzheng mark, is included in J.J. Marquet de Vasselot and Mlle. M.J. Ballot, Chinese Ceramics, K’ang Hsi Period to Our Days (1662-1911), The Louvre Museum, Paris, 1922, colour plate 30.