Lot 3587. A fine and rare doucai cup, Yongzheng six-character mark within double-circles and of the period (1723-1735); 31/4 in. (8.2 cm.) diamEstimate HKD 800,000 - HKD 1,500,000Price Realized HKD 2,180,000© Christie's Images Ltd. 2011

Finely potted with gently rounded sides, well-rendered around the exterior in soft translucent enamels and underglaze-blue tones to depict two birds perched on ornamental rockworks, butterflies and insects fluttering amidst the flowering chrysanthemum and leafy bamboo, all within blue line borders.

The property of Dr Elizabeth Shing.

Provenance: Bluett & Sons, London
The H.M. Knight Collection, Netherlands.

LiteratureOosterse Schatten - 4000 Jaar Aziatische Kunst, Amsterdam, 1954, 385. 

Christie's. The Imperial Sale,  Hong Kong, 1 June 2011