05 avril 2019

A rare wucai 'Prunus' month cup, Mark and period of Kangxi (1662-1722)

A fine and very rare wucai 'Prunus' month cup, Mark and period of Kangxi (1662-1722)

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Lot 3605. A rare wucai 'Prunus' month cup, Mark and period of Kangxi (1662-1722); 6.5 cm, 2 1/2  inEstimate 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: 

Simple beauty like a tree frozen with snow.
       Branches moving in the wind full of clear fragrance.

Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, Hong Kong, 03 Apr 2019


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