Lot 160. A pair of lemon yellow-enamelled wine cups, Yongzheng six-character marks in underglaze blue within a double circle and of the period (1723-1735); 3 3/8 in. (8.6 cm.) diam. Estimate: £30,000 - £50,000 (USD 39,090 - USD 65,150). © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.
The cups are of deep tapering form with a slightly everted rim and are supported on a short ring foot. They are covered to the exterior with a bright lemon yellow enamel and the interiors and bases are applied with a transparent glaze.
Provenance: Private English Collection, formerly in a private collection in France, most of which was purchased in Paris during the 1960s and 1970s, and thence by descent to the present owner.
Note: A Yongzheng mark and period lemon-yellow cup sold at Christie's London, 15 May 2018, lot 128; another pair of lemon-yellow-enamelled wine cups with Yongzheng marks sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 27 October 2003, lot 702; and another pair in our London rooms, 4 November 2008, lot 195; another pair from the Paul and Helen Bernat Collection, was sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 15 November 1988, lot 59. A single cup from the collection of Dr. Ip Yee, was included in the Min Chiu Society exhibition, An Anthology of Chinese Ceramics, Hong Kong Museum of Art, 1980, illustrated in the Catalogue, no. 128. A pair of yellow cups with four-character Yongzheng marks, in the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, Stockholm, is illustrated by Jan Wirgin, Chinese Ceramics from the Axel and Nora Lundgren Bequest, 1978, pl. 59a, no. 79.
Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, London, 14 May 2019