Among the celebrated set of finely enameled wine cups representing the twelve months of the year, those painted with crabapple represent the fifth month. A similar cup in from the Avery Brundage Collection in the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco is illustrated in René-Yvon Lefebvre d’Argencé, Chinese Ceramics in the Avery Brundage Collection
, San Francisco, 1967, pl. LXVIIc. Other examples with the same decoration, palette and bearing Kangxi reign marks include one from the Edward T. Chow Collection that sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 25th November 1980, lot 148, and another from the collection of Sir Harry Garner that sold first in our London rooms, 25th March 1975, lot 267, and more recently in our Hong Kong rooms, 7th October 2015, lot 3703.
Complete sets of month cups are therefore extremely rare. A full set of month cups in the Palace Museum, Beijing, is illustrated in Kangxi. Yongzheng. Qianlong. Qing Porcelain from the Palace Museum Collection, Hong Kong, 1989, p. 65, pl. 48.