Lot 3982. A fine and very rare early Ming white-glazed wine cup, Xuande six-character mark and of the period (1426-1435); 8 3/8 in. (21.2 cm.) diam. Estimate 500,000 - HKD 700,000. Price realised HKD 2,900,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2012.
The cup is thinly potted with flaring sides and slightly everted rim under even milky-white glaze, supported on a cylindrical foot and the base inscribed with the reign mark in underglaze blue.
Provenance: Collection of H.R.N. Norton
Carl Kempe Collection
Sold at Sotheby's Paris, 12 June 2008, lot 42.
Literature: BBo Gyllensvard, Chinese Ceramics in the Carl Kempe Collection, Stockholm, 1964, pl. 721.
Christie's. The Imperial Sale, Hong Kong, 30 May 2012