Lot 365. A pair of fine blue and white 'Erotic' wine cups, Qing Dynasty, Kangxi Period (1662-1722). Diameter 2 5/8 in., 6.8 cm. Estimate: US$5,000 - US$7,000. Lot Sold 55,000 US$. Courtesy Sotheby's.
each of deep 'U' form rising to an everted rim, freely painted around the exterior with a scene of a couple, the amorous pair locked in embrace atop a table amid further furnishings and a broad-leafed plantain tree, all below a slender crescent moon and a constellation, the base with an apocryphal six-character Chenghua mark within a circle (2), coll. nos 294, 300.
Provenance: Marchant, London, 2001..