06 avril 2019

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

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Lot 3606. A wucai 'Pomegranate' month cup, Mark and period of Kangxi (1662-1722); 6.6 cm, 2 1/2 in. Estimate 300,000 — 500,000 HKD. Lot sold 437,500 HKD (56,354 USD). Courtesy Sotheby's.

with a delicately potted U-shaped body rising from a short foot to a flared rim, the exterior brightly painted with a gnarled pomegranate tree, representing the fifth month, the reverse with a poetic inscription relating to the depicted flowers, followed by a seal reading shang ('to appreciate'), the base with an underglaze-blue six-character reign mark within a double circle

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

The colour unfolds like the sun on pearl curtains.
       The breeze bears the fragrance 
       in the shade of the white-washed wall. 

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


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