Lot 3605. A rare wucai 'Prunus' month cup, Mark and period of Kangxi (1662-1722); 6.5 cm, 2 1/2 in. Estimate 400,000 — 600,000 HKD. Lot sold 875,000 HKD (112,709 USD). Courtesy Sotheby's.
finely potted with deep rounded sides supported on a short straight foot and rising to a flared rim, one side rendered in the wucai palette, a prunus tree's two gnarled branches bearing white blossoms with yellow stamens and dark red calyxes, with some small shoots rising from the ground, a tall rock behind, a clump of narcissus and another low rock to one side, and a younger flowering tree on the other, representing the eleventh month, the reverse inscribed with a poem relating to the flowering tree in front, followed by the seal shang ('to appreciate'), the base inscribed in underglaze blue with a six-character reign mark within a double circle.
Note: The poem on the present cup can be translated as follows:
Branches moving in the wind full of clear fragrance.