Lot 286. A pair of famille-rose 'flower-balls' wine cups and warmers, Seal marks and period of Daoguang (1821-1850); 9.6 cm, 3 3/4 in. Estimate 4,000 — 6,000 GBP. Lot sold 32,500 GBP. Courtesy Sotheby's.
each warmer with bulbous sides rising from a short straight foot to a gilt rim, painted with multi-coloured 'flower-balls' arranged asymmetrically and scattered throughout, surmounted by a cup with straight sides rising from a tapered foot to a flared gilt rim, the exterior similarly decorated, the base inscribed with a six-character seal mark in iron-red.
Provenance: Sotheby's London, 28th November 1978, lot 273 (part lot).
Sotheby's. St George Street Sale: Asian Art, London, 17 May 2019