Lot 176. A pair of famille verte 'month' cups, Qianlong six-character seal marks in underglaze blue and of the period (1736-1795); 2 3/8 in. (6 cm.) diamEstimate GBP 10,000 - GBP 20,000. Price realised GBP 43,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019

Each cup is finely enamelled to the deep flaring sides with clusters of narcissi growing beside blue ornamental rocks and roses, emblematic of the eleventh month of the calendar year.

ProvenanceA private Asian collection
Christie's Hong Kong, 28 November 2006, lot 1549.

Note: This pair of cups was made in imitation of the Kangxi month cups, such as the set of twelve from the Percival David Collection illustrated by Rosemary F. Scott in For The Imperial Court, Qing Porcelain from the Percival David Foundation, London, 1997, p 83. A set of twelve Kangxi month cups sold in these Rooms, 18 March 1991, lot 543. A single famille rose month cup with a Qianlong mark and of the period sold at Christies Hong Kong, 26 November 2014, lot 3371. The present Qianlong cups lack the poems that are usually inscribed beside the main decorative side.

Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, London, 5 November 2019