A FINE AND RARE SMALL WHITE-GLAZED CUT-THROUGH 'LOTUS' CUP, QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY, YUYAN SHUWU MARK | 清十八世紀 白釉玲瓏透花蓮紋小盃 《浴硯書屋》款
Estimate: 25,000 - 35,000 GBP
A FINE AND RARE SMALL WHITE-GLAZED CUT-THROUGH 'LOTUS' CUP
QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY, YUYAN SHUWU MARK
清十八世紀 白釉玲瓏透花蓮紋小盃 《浴硯書屋》款
delicately potted with flawless translucent sides rising from the countersunk base to a subtly everted rim, decorated to the body with pierced lotus blossoms, covered overall with a transparent glaze revealing the white body and the cut-out design, the base with a four-character hall mark reading yuyan shuwu within a double-square in underglaze blue
Diameter 7 cm, 2¾ in
The cup is very slightly oval in shape.
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This elegant cup belongs to a select group of wares inscribed with the mark yuyan shuwu (Library of Washing Inkstone), which was used during the Yongzheng (r. 1723-1735) and Qianlong (r. 1736-1795) reigns. A closely related cup, from the collection of the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation, was sold at Christie’s New York, 14th/15th September 2017, lot 1225. See also a cup of this type, but with a flared rim and with a Qianlong mark and of the period, in the British Museum, London, illustrated in Soame Jenyns, Later Chinese Porcelain, London, 1951, pl. CIV, fig, 1.
本品出自一組帶《浴硯書屋》款作例，該款用於雍正及乾隆兩朝。比較一例，出自Anna-Maria 及Stephen Kellen基金會收藏，售於紐約佳士得2017年9月14/15日，編號1225。另比一例，口沿外撇，乾隆年器並款，現藏於倫敦大英博物館，圖見Soame Jenyns，《Later Chinese Porcelain》，倫敦，1951年，圖版CIV，圖1。