A closely related pair of cups is illustrated in Ye Peilan, Beauty of Ceramics: Gems of Doucai, vol. 6, Taipei, 1993, pl. 78; another pair is published in Chinese Porcelain. The S.C. Ko Tianminlou Collection, Hong Kong, 1987, pl. 98; and a third pair is illustrated in Julian Thompson, The Alan Chuang Collection of Chinese Porcelain, Hong Kong, 2009, cat. no. 49. Cups of this type were also sold at auction, such as three pairs sold in these rooms, the first from the collection of Edward T. Chow, 19th May 1981, lot 561; the second from the collection of Paul and Helen Bernat, 15th November 1988, lot 6; and the third from the Meiyintang collection, illustrated in Regina Krahl, Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, vol. 4, London, 2010, no. 1748, sold twice in these rooms, 4th April 2012, lot 26, and 8th October 2014, lot 3627.
This motif was inspired by Chenghua period (1465-1487) bowls painted with four fruiting sprays, such as a reconstructed bowl illustrated in Imperial Porcelains from the Reign of Chenghua in the Ming Dynasty II, Beijing, 2016, pl. 154.
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