In addition to lime-green being among the rarest enamels used in the Yongzheng reign, the evenness of the enamel is also particularly noteworthy. The lime-green enamel would have required a second firing at a lower temperature and it is difficult to achieve a satisfactory result as seen on the current cup. See two lime-green examples in Taipei, one published in the Illustrated Catalogue of Ch'ing Dynasty Porcelain in the National Palace Museum, Republic of China: K'ang-hsi Ware and Yung-cheng Ware, Tokyo, 1980, pl. 153; and the other included in the exhibition Qingdai danse you ciqi tezhan [Special exhibition of monochrome glazed porcelain of the Qing dynasty], Taipei, 1981, pl. 44. See also a similar pair included in the exhibition Shimmering Colours. Monochromes of the Yuan to Qing Period: The Zhuyuetang Collection, Art Museum, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 2005, cat. no. 113.
Related examples with reign marks inscribed within double squares include a pair sold in these rooms, 7th April 2011, lot 30, from the Meiyintang collection; and a single cup also sold in these rooms, 15th November 1988, lot 68, from the collection of Paul and Helen Bernat. Compare also a lime-green enamelled cup, with a more hemispherical form, offered in this sale, lot 3116.
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