Cups of this form and design are rare, although a similar motif is known on a Kangxi mark and period cup with a small foot and flared sides, in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures in the Palace Museum. Porcelains in Polychrome and Contrasting Colours, Hong Kong, 1999, pl. 120; and on a pair of cups, also with Kangxi mark and of the period but written within double circles, included in the exhibition Chinese Porcelain. The S.C. Ko Tianminlou Collection, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1987, vol. I, cat. no. 86. See also cups of this type but painted with asters and butterflies, such as one in the Shanghai Museum, Shanghai, illustrated in Kangxi Porcelain Wares, Hong Kong, 1998, pl. 93; and two sold in these rooms, the first from the collection of Iver Munthe Daae, 8th October 2010, lot 2604, and the second, 7th October 2015, lot 3636.
Cups painted with this design continued to be produced in the succeeding Yongzheng reign; compare for example a cup sold in our London rooms, 2nd/3rd December 1974, lot 497; and a pair sold in these rooms, 12th/13th May 1976, lots 251 and 252.
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