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Lot 152. A doucai 'chrysanthemum' cup, Yongzheng mark and period (1723-1735)Diameter 7.3 cm, 2⅞ inEstimate: 80,000 - 120,000 GBP. Lot sold 137,500 GBP. Photo Sotheby's

with steep rounded sides rising from a straight foot, delicately painted around the exterior with four medallions of chrysanthemum flowers, the blooms in iron-red, yellow and purple around cross-hatched stamens, set against densely painted leaves and buds, divided by paired lotus sprays in similar palette, the base with a six-character reign mark within a double square in underglaze blue.

Provenance: Sotheby's London, 9th June 2004, lot 216.

Note: The design on this little cup is based on a Ming dynasty Chenghua prototype, compare, for example, a doucai bowl excavated from the waste heaps of the Ming Imperial kilns at Jingdezhen, included in the exhibition A Legacy of Chenghua, the Tsui Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1993, cat. no. C119

Compare also with a similar Yongzheng cup, sold in these rooms, 29th October 1991, lot 212, now in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in Ye Peilang, Beauty of Ceramics: Gems of Doucai, vol. 6, Taipei, 1993, pl. 102. A pair of cups of this design from the collection of Edward T. Chow, was sold in these rooms, 25th November 1980, lot 132. Compare also with another cup of this size and design, sold in Sotheby's Hong Kong, 25th April 2004, lot 207.

Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, London, 06 Nov 2019