Lot 1371. A fine pair of small blue and white wine cups, Yongzheng six-character marks in underglaze blue within a double circle and of the period (1723-1735); ¾ in. (7.1 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 40,000 - USD 60,000. Price realised USD 50,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2010.
Each cup thinly potted with flaring sides, painted on the exterior in soft blue tones in Chenghua-style with six flower-heads issuing from a continuous leafy stem, the interior with an enclosed radiating spear-head medallion below five sylized lotus flowers.
Note: An identical bowl in the collection of the Palace Museum, Beijing, included in the exhibition, Capolavori Dalla Città: Qianlong e La Sua Corte, Museo del Corso, Rome, 20 November 2007 - 20 March 2008, p. 121, no. 56. See, also, a similar pair of cups in doucai decoration illustrated in Elegant Form and Harmonious Decoration: Four Dynasties of Jingdezhen Porcelain, Rosemary E. Scott, London, 1992, p. 129, no. 143.
Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections. 26 March 2010. New York, Rockefeller Plaza