A DOUCAI 'CHRYSANTHEMUM' CUP
YONGZHENG MARK AND PERIOD
清雍正 鬪彩團菊紋盃 《大清雍正年製》款
with steep rounded sides rising from a straight foot, delicately painted around the exterior with four medallions of chrysanthemum flowers, the blooms in iron-red, yellow and purple around cross-hatched stamens, set against densely painted leaves and buds, divided by paired lotus sprays in similar palette, the base with a six-character reign mark within a double square in underglaze blue
Diameter 7.3 cm, 2⅞ in.
There is a tiny bruise to the foot, and a small 'cross'-shaped line (ca. 0.6 cm long) in the glaze to the interior.
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The design on this little cup is based on a Ming dynasty Chenghua prototype, compare, for example, a doucai bowl excavated from the waste heaps of the Ming Imperial kilns at Jingdezhen, included in the exhibition A Legacy of Chenghua, the Tsui Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1993, cat. no. C119.
Compare also with a similar Yongzheng cup, sold in these rooms, 29th October 1991, lot 212, now in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in Ye Peilang, Beauty of Ceramics: Gems of Doucai, vol. 6, Taipei, 1993, pl. 102. A pair of cups of this design from the collection of Edward T. Chow, was sold in these rooms, 25th November 1980, lot 132. Compare also with another cup of this size and design, sold in Sotheby's Hong Kong, 25th April 2004, lot 207.