3614
3614

PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN

A FINE WUCAI 'MONTH' CUP
MARK AND PERIOD OF KANGXI
Estimate
300,000500,000
LOT SOLD. 1,125,000 HKD
JUMP TO LOT
3614

PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN

A FINE WUCAI 'MONTH' CUP
MARK AND PERIOD OF KANGXI
Estimate
300,000500,000
LOT SOLD. 1,125,000 HKD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Important Chinese Art

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Hong Kong

A FINE WUCAI 'MONTH' CUP
MARK AND PERIOD OF KANGXI
finely potted with deep rounded sides rising from a short foot to a flared rim, the exterior delicately enamelled with red florets, the reverse inscribed in underglaze blue with a poem reading Qing xiang he su yu, jia se chu qing yan ('The fragrance blends with the flavour of evening rain; the beautiful colour stands out in clear weather like in mist'), followed by a seal mark reading shang, the base inscribed in underglaze blue with a six-character reign mark within a double circle
6.6 cm, 2 5/8  in.
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Provenance

Sotheby's Hong Kong, 28th April 1998, lot 823.

Catalogue Note

Month cups depicting seasonal flowers accompanied by pertinent two-line poems, represent a classic design of the Kangxi period. Very delicately potted, they are painted in the proper wucai palette of underglaze blue and overglaze enamels, which was devised in the Ming dynasty, but rarely used in the Qing, when the underglaze colour was generally omitted. On these month cups the designs are generally sketched on the unglazed porcelain in a faint underglaze blue.

Slight differences in size, colours, writing styles and marks between individual cups and different months suggest that even these cups may not have been produced as sets of twelve, but perhaps issued consecutively, as the year evolved, to be assembled at the end.

Complete sets of month cups are extremely rare. A full set of month cups in the Palace Museum, Bejing, is illustrated in Kangxi. Yongzheng. Qianlong. Qing Porcelain from the Palace Museum Collection, Hong Kong, 1989, p. 65, pl. 48; another set from the Sir Percival David collection and now in the British Museum, London, is published in the Illustrated Catalogue of Qing Enamelled Wares in the Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art, rev. ed., London, 1991, pl. 815; another in the Idemitsu Museum of Art, Tokyo, is included in Chinese Ceramics in the Idemitsu Collection, Tokyo, 1987, pl. 221.

Important Chinese Art

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Hong Kong