Lot 3605. A fine wucai 'Wintersweet' month cup, Mark and period of Kangxi (1662-1722); 6.7 cm, 2 5/8 in. Estimate 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:
bear the chill of spring.
How many shades of yellow can be found
among these flowers?