A small blue and white cup, Kangxi six-character mark within a double circle in underglaze blue and of the period (1662-1722)

Lot 199. A small blue and white cup, Kangxi six-character mark within a double circle in underglaze blue and of the period (1662-1722). 3½ in. (8.8 cm.) diam. Estimate GBP 4,000 - GBP 6,000Price realised GBP 5,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2018.

The cup is delicately potted with steep fared sides and an everted rim. It is decorated just above the foot with a band of interlocking trefoil-shaped sprigs above a single line border

Provenance: Acquired in France in 2010.

Note: Compare a pair of almost identical examples from the Percival David Foundation, one of which was sold at Sotheby’s Hong Kong, 11 April 2008, lot 3053.

An unusual blue and white cup, Mark and period of Kangxi (1662-1722), from the Percival David Foundation

An unusual blue and white cup, Mark and period of Kangxi (1662-1722), from the Percival David Foundation; 8.8 cm, 3 1/2 in. Sold for 247,500 HKD at Sotheby’s Hong Kong, 11 April 2008, lot 3053. Courtesy Sotheby's.

finely potted with steep flared sides and everted rim, painted around the exterior above the base with a band of trefoil-shaped sprigs formed from interlinked stems, all above a single line border encircling the top of the foot, the base inscribed in underglaze-blue with a six-character mark within a double-circle. Estimate 200,000 — 300,000 HKD.

Provenance: Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art, London.
Sotheby's London, 'Duplicates from the Foundation,' 15th October 1968, lot 141.
Sotheby's London, 8th July 1974, lot 306.
Sotheby's Hong Kong, 14th November 1989, lot 74.

Exhibited: Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art, London.

Literature: Margaret Medley, Illustrated Catalogue of Porcelains Decorated in Underglaze Blue and Copper Red in the Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art,  London, 1968, p. 42, no. A689, together with the companion bowl, no. A688, which is still in the Foundation. 

Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, London, 15 May 2018