Two ‘Hatcher Cargo’ blue and white ‘erotica’ cups, Chenghua marks, Ming dynasty, Chongzhen period

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Lot 3672. Two ‘Hatcher Cargo’ blue and white ‘erotica’ cups, Chenghua marks, Ming dynasty, Chongzhen period (1627-1644); h. 6.7 cmLot sold 126,000 HKD (Estimate : 90,000 - 120,000 HKD). © Sotheby's 2022

Property from the Bertholet Collection.

ProvenanceCollection of Captain Michael Hatcher.

Literature: Colin Sheaf and Richard Kilburn, The Hatcher Porcelain Cargoes, The Complete Record, London, 1988, pl. 120 centre right (one cup only).

ExhibitedThe Chinese Pleasure Garden: Erotic Art from the Bertholet Collection, Museum für Asiatische Kunst, Berlin, 2011.

Note: See three comparable blue and white cups, also from the 'Hatcher Cargo', sold at Christie's Amsterdam, 14th March 1984, lot 255, and again at Christie's New York, 16th March 2015, lot 3526, from the collection of Julia and John Curtis. 

Compare also a blue and white ‘erotica’ cup dated to the Kangxi period from the collection of C.T. Loo, published in Michel Beurdeley, in collaboration with Kristofer Schipper, Chang Fu-Jui and Jacques Pimpaneau, Chinese Erotic Art, Rutland, 1969, p. 128, together with a Kangxi period snuff bottle of comparable scenes.

Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art including Jades from the De An Tang Collection and Gardens of Pleasure – Erotic Art from the Bertholet Collection, Hong Kong, 29 April 2022