05 avril 2019

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

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Lot 3605. A fine wucai 'Wintersweet' month cup, Mark and period of Kangxi (1662-1722); 6.7 cm, 2 5/8  inEstimate 500,000 — 700,000 HKD. Lot sold 625,000 HKD (80,506 USD)Courtesy Sotheby's.

the delicately potted U-shaped body rising from a short foot to a flared rim, the exterior brightly painted with two wintersweet trees and lingzhi blooms, representing the first month, the reverse with a poetic inscription, followed by a seal reading shang ('to appreciate'), the base with a six-character mark within a double circle in underglaze blue

Note: The poem on the present cup can be translated as follows: 

The golden blossoms and verdant calyxes
       bear the chill of spring.
       How many shades of yellow can be found
       among these flowers?

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


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