A FINE INCISED YELLOW-GLAZED 'DRAGON' HANDLED CUP, KANGXI MARK AND PERIOD
A FINE INCISED YELLOW-GLAZED 'DRAGON' HANDLED CUP
KANGXI MARK AND PERIOD
清康熙 黃釉暗刻趕珠龍紋雙耳小盃 《大清康熙年製》款
delicately potted, resting on a straight foot, rising to a gently everted rim, applied with a pair of flat archaistic 'elephant tusk' handles to either side, the exterior finely incised with two animated striding dragons amidst flame wisps, each chasing a 'Flaming Pearl', all under a translucent egg-yolk yellow glaze, the recessed base glazed white and inscribed with a six-character mark in underglaze blue within a double circle
Width across handles 2¾ in., 7 cm
Overall in good condition with a couple minor scattered firing imperfections.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.
For more information on and additional videos for this lot, please contact Cindy.Qi@sothebys.com.
Collection of Henry M. Knight (d. 1971).
Sotheby's Hong Kong, 28th November 1979, lot 328.
Collection of T. Y. Chao (1911-1999).
Sotheby's Hong Kong, 18th November 1986, lot 102.
Henry M. Knight（1971年逝）收藏
Zhongguo mingtao riben xunhui zhan. Gangtai mingjia shoucang taoci jingpin [Exhibition of Famous Chinese Ceramics Touring Japan. Fine Ceramics from Private Hong Kong and Taiwanese Collections], Nihonbashi Takashimaya, Tokyo, 1992, p. 174.
Compare a similar cup in the Sir Percival David Collection, now in the British Museum, London, published in Margaret Medley, Illustrated Catalogue of Ming and Ch’ing Monochrome in the Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art, section 6, London, 1973, no. A593. A cup of the same form and glaze, but incised with a narrow band of archaistic dragons, is illustrated in John Ayers, Chinese Ceramics: The Koger Collection, London, 1985, pl. 141. See also one presented with its cupstand, illustrated in Kangxi Porcelain Wares from the Shanghai Museum Collection, Shanghai, 1998, pl. 240. For a similar example to the Shanghai Museum set, but glazed in translucent green, see one illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum: Monochrome Porcelain, vol. 37, Hong Kong, 1999, pl. 154.
This cup boasts illustrious provenance, having previously been in the hands of two highly important collectors of Chinese art, H.M. Knight and T.Y. Chao. The pair to this cup in the Knight Collection was also purchased by Chao in our Hong Kong rooms, 28th November 1979, lot 327, and subsequently sold in the same rooms, 18th November 1986, lot 101.